Push for hard-waste collection

Colac’s Wayne and Jenna Garner support Cr Joe McCracken’s call to investigate the viability of a hard-waste collection in Colac Otway Shire.

Colac Otway Shire could look tidier and cleaning up could be easier if a councillor’s push for a hard rubbish collection proves viable and gets support from his colleagues.

Residents in other municipalities enjoy the convenience of “hard rubbish day” which is usually an annual event where people put unwanted items that are too large or heavy for their normal rubbish bin, on their front lawn.

Their council collects them, if neighbours don’t spot something they could use and take it first, with no extra charge apart from the ratepayer’s normal garbage charge.

Councillor Joe McCracken is calling for Colac Otway Shire Council to investigate the cost and possibility of providing an annual hard-waste collection service to homes in the shire’s existing waste-collection areas.

“I’ve heard loud and clear that members of the community like the idea of a hard waste collection service,” Cr McCracken said.

“It’s been talked about for a long time, and previous councils have dabbled with the idea but done nothing about it – that has to change.

“We have a large number of people in our community that don’t have the capacity to get rid of hard-waste.

“It then accumulates in yards, paddocks or gets dumped illegally; this makes our shire look messy, dirty and uncared for,” he said.

“That’s why we need to know the costs, the processes, and get a clear picture of what it would take to implement this service.”

Cr McCracken said he would put forward a motion at next week’s council meeting, requesting council officers provide a report to councillors on whether the council could provide a hard-waste collection.

“Then council can be open and upfront with the community about what it would take to make a hard-waste collection service a reality,” he said.

“The facts should be on the table for everyone to see.

“Personally, I’m in favour of a hard-waste collection service, but it needs to be financially responsible.

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