Recycling move hits raw nerve
SOUTH Tweed business woman Wendy Jarrett is stunned that Tweed Shire Council may support a recycling project promoted by organisations from outside the Tweed in competition with locals.
Councillors this week decided to investigate programs such as Big Aussie Swap run by green group Planet Ark and a Second Hand Saturday organised by the North East Waste Forum after deciding not to pay $10,000 to be part of the Garage Sale Trail promoted by a Sydney-based group.
The move would encourage people to sell or swap goods rather than put them in the bin or take them to the tip where they end up in rubbish landfill.
Mrs Jarrett says the council has no further to look than the local area for people who are already actively recycling goods.
“The Tweed Heads area is lucky to have a recycling scheme that has been operating for 10 years,” Mrs Jarrett said. “My family owns the Tender Center in Machinery Drive, Tweed Heads South, and our business is recycling.”
Mrs Jarrett said for the past decade the firm's customers had been buying and selling second-hand goods through the store “resulting in thousands of items being recycled and saved from the dump”.
“It beats having a garage sale – no early morning callers, no burglars checking out your house and no having to stay home all weekend to run a garage sale,” she said.
Mrs Jarrett asked why the council would not support a local business that is already operating and doing all that these outside companies are offering.
She said the $10,000 the council had considered spending could enhance existing services such as those provided by the Tender Center.