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Whitsunday Regional Council CEO Barry Omundson has appealed to residents not to abuse the goodwill of council’s free kerb-side collections of green waste and bulky goods.
Mr Omundson said in the wake of Cyclone Debbie council crews have been diligently conducting green waste collections to assist the community to clean-up however residents are now asked to stop placing green waste on road reserves.
“Council has commenced its second sweep, street by street, therefore anyone placing further green waste on the road reserve runs the risk of it not being collected,” Mr Omundson said.
“Council also introduced a one off collection of bulky goods for removal of debris from residents’ houses to allow safe access and make the house habitable,” he said.
“People are taking the opportunity to throw out unwanted items like old furniture and mattresses which was creating a delay in crews being able to collect genuine residents’ bulky waste.”
“I would appeal to people to not abuse our efforts by placing multiple waste piles on their footpaths after council has already conducted their pickup and also not to use this opportunity to have their annual household clean-up of unwanted items.”
Residents and businesses are also reminded that they have until close of business on Friday 21 April to take advantage of Council’s waiver of all waste fees & charges at the four waste sites in the Whitsunday Region.
All waste fees including disposal of items like asbestos were waived after Severe Tropical Debbie hit the region, to assist with the immediate recovery efforts. Waste fees will be applied with effect from Saturday 22 April at all four sites.
Most domestic waste remains free to dispose of as usual. Up to 2 cubic metres can be disposed of free from domestic sources. Commercial and business waste fees can be viewed on Council’s website www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au