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Community push for recycling resurgence stirs up again

Deniliquin Council says recycling will come at big cost.

TYLA HARRINGTON January 17, 2014 4:45am

Recycling comes at a cost, and it will be the ratepayers who will bare it according to Deniliquin Council.

The hot issue is back on the agenda after a letter to the editor from Anne Campbell (page 4) who says she is embarrassed to tell people there’s not recycling in Deniliquin.

She has pleaded with Deniliquin Council to do something about it, urging council to ‘‘get serious on what other’s consider common practice’’ and install recycling bins.

But council says the costs associated with kerbside recycling are ‘‘extremely high’’.

Council general manager Des Bilske said council has looked at the idea ‘‘several times before and will continue to look at it’’.

He said while council continues to source grants to fund implementing recycling, he said the likely outcome is for the cost to be added to rates.

‘‘What we would have to do is put a bin at every house – that’s about 3500 bins,’’ he said.

‘‘We’d also have to have the right sort of vehicle to collect it.

‘‘This is complicated by having people not segregate their rubbish properly. It’s very hard to manage the process.

‘‘The ratepayers would suffer several hundred dollars at least to run recycling each year.’’

Mr Bilske said in the meantime, the Deniliquin Council Waste Depot, Yallambee and Harvey Norman recycle some household items.

The local community has been pushing for recycling to return for many years after it was abandoned in the 1990s.

It culminated in a Recycling Summit, attended by almost 100 people, in 2005. At the time, a petition was formed calling for a proactive approach to recycling and was signed by more than 800 people.

Nine years on, summit participant David Crew said the waste issues have not changed.

‘‘What have we done to build a recycling awareness and education program to let our community know what systems are in place to deal with products that can be recycled?’’ he said.

‘‘What work has been done to consider establishing local drop off points for recycling including adding separation bins in council rubbish containers?

‘‘Has there been a consideration of making our town ‘plastic bag free’ as other towns have?

‘‘Are there any proposals for having regular hard and green rubbish days and how community groups can be involved in recycling material collected?

‘‘Has there been any consideration to working with our neighbouring councils to develop a regional recycling strategy?

‘‘These were all proposals put to the 2005 meeting and now it is time to take another look at how our community is managing its waste.’’

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