Old street bins to be replaced

OLD rubbish bins on Tweed streets and in public parks are the next to go as Tweed Shire Council continues its shift to new bins for recyclables and other rubbish.

With collections from the new yellow-lidded recycling bins and red-lidded bins for “other garbage” getting under way this week, Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase has revealed street bins are the next to be replaced.

But he says the council wants to bed down the new collection system from household bins first.

Already many other council areas have separate street bins for recycling, but Cr Polglase said the Tweed wanted to avoid problems of contamination of recyclables with other rubbish which could force truckloads of recyclables to be dumped in landfill.

“We are going through the process of getting the household garbage collection under control first,” Cr Polglase said.

“Then we will move into other areas.

“One of the biggest problems we have is contamination of the recyclable bins.”

A council spokesperson said all bins in public parks were being replaced as part of a waste collection contract. She said the council had also been trialling recycling bins in other public areas.



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