SAFETY issues have forced residents of the Mountain View Retirement Village near Murwillumbah to seek an alternative waste disposal plan.
Tweed mayor Barry Longland has come onboard to help them find a solution to a problem that sees frail seniors struggle with heavy waste bins and risk colliding with waste trucks as they manoeuvre the narrow roads within the village.
"There are safety issues on many levels," said resident Marion Thompson.
"There are residents in their 80's and 90's trying to manoeuvre bins as far as 60 meters on slopes and very tight bends," she said.
"Added to this, if an emergency happened while trucks were picking up, they would obstruct ambulance access.
"We need to find a solution and we're hoping the council can help."
Cr Longland said residents were putting forward a proposal to the council offering an alternative method that utilised existing staff at the village to transport garbage to skip bins at a central point.
"I will support them in their bid to gain onsite management of waste," he said.
"There is a definite safety issue.
"They are on the money in that sense."
Village manager Suzy Cornelius the proposal would also provide a more personalised service.
"Council support is important in the plan as we are space-compromised," she said.
"The proposal entails a re-structure of the system."
Ms Cornelius said residents would be presented with the proposal next Wednesday.
Cr Longland said it was important not to compromise the council's recycling efforts in the process.
"The council's staff members are very positive about the proposal and want to help residents as much as possible," he said.
"Safety, efficiency and cost are all factors to be considered in the solution."
Residents pay $80 per household annually for waste disposal, according to resident Ray Thompson.
"With 150 units, that's a significant cost," he said.
"We have staff that can manage the disposal of waste.
"With a utility truck taking bins to a trans station, we can also avoid safety risks to residents and perhaps make the process more efficient."
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