Colrs. to vote on issue of ‘overloaded bins’

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Roe Valley residents who overload their bins could miss out on future council-operated collections.

Councillors will tonight be asked for approval for the Technical Services Department to enforce non-collection of overloaded bins at the monthly environmental services meeting.

When the wheeled bin service was introduced in 1990 Council adopted the closed bin lid policy, according to the monthly report.

“This has not been enforced for a number of years,” it stated. “The reason for the enforcement now is listed below:

the reduction of household waste to landfill;

encourage householders to make better use of the blue and brown bins;

increased awareness of recycling;

reduce the cost to Council due to the number of incidents of overloaded bins being damaged/destroyed during emptying;

reduce manual handling injuries to loaders, ie moving overloaded bins, risk of overloaded bins falling off lifts, risk of entrapment whilst loading, and risk lids striking loaders during windy conditions.

“Householders will be advised prior to the re-introduction of this policy by way of a leaflet drop,” the report states.