Big stink over bin lids
HOUSEHOLDS across the Tweed with green-lidded wheelie bins for organic rubbish are to get new bin lids that are a different shade of green – at a total cost of nearly $120,000.
Tweed Shire councillors voted on Tuesday to replace about 9000 green bin lids with brighter lime-green lids at a cost of $119,516 – to the horror of Greens Party councillor Katie Milne, who said it showed poor priorities.
“It’s not sustainable to spend $120,000 to change bin lids,” Cr Milne argued.
“Let them wear out first.
“Obviously they are not going to look as snazzy as having all the same-coloured bin lids, but there is an enormous amount of sustainability issues we could be putting this money to.”
Cr Milne unsuccessfully tried to convince other councillors to spend the funds on either employing people to remove rubbish from the Tweed riverbank and the marine environment or installing solar electricity panels on council buildings.
The funds are to be returned to the council by the NSW Government which is taxing Tweed garbage collection an extra $10 for each tonne of rubbish going to a landfill tip. In 2015 the levy is to rise to $70 a tonne.
The council’s general manager Mike Rayner said the council had an obligation to put the funds “back into improving the efficiency and reliability of the waste management service”.
However he added: “The guidelines might be more open in the long term.”
“I think this is a wonderful thing,” added Cr Holdom who supported replacing the bin lids.
“We will have lids that actually help educate people,” she added, referring to part of a council report which said the existing pale green lids did not comply with Australian standards for organic rubbish bins.
“The new lids designed for new bins have education messages that will assist in decreasing contaminants being placed in the green organics bins,” the report said.
“The project to retro-fit the existing bin stock with the new education-stamped bin lids will deliver a consistent and complying bin stock.”
The council has almost finished distributing yellow-lidded bins for recycling and red-lidded bins for general garbage that cannot be recycled.
Existing dark green or grey divided bins are being collected for recycling into new bins.
The organic bins are optional.
A spokesperson yesterday said the educational message was embossed on the new lime-green lids and would save money by preventing contamination of the organic garbage.
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