TRICIA Blakeslee says if she is elected to the Warrnambool City Council, she would work to see the introduction of hard waste collection.
She said the council had an annual program for chemical waste collection and Western District Employment Access (WDEA) provided a great service for whitegoods recycling, but there was no council-operated domestic hard waste collection in the city.
“Most city councils in the Melbourne metropolitan area allocate one or two days per year for hard waste collection,” she said.
“It’s about time Warrnambool City Council did this too.” She said an annual hard rubbish collection would act as an incentive for Warrnambool residents to tidy up their properties and get rid of hard waste items that they no longer needed.
“Items for hard waste collection are placed out on the nature strip on a specified day and collected within the week,” Ms Blakeslee said.
“The total hard waste is not allowed to exceed two cubic metres.
“Of course, there are a number of items that are not acceptable, including hazardous waste, tyres recyclables such as bottles and paper.”
Ms Blakeslee suggested Warrnambool could follow a similar program set up by the Strathmore Council.
She said items such as household appliances, dismantled wardrobes, furniture, timber not exceeding one metre in length, all waste metal including tin, scrap, iron, lawnmowers and bikes could be accepted for hard waste collection.
“This initiative of having a hard waste collection available for Warrnambool residents is a win-win for everyone,” Ms Blakeslee said.
“It enables residents to clean up their properties and in the process provide materials to be collected that can either be repaired by a social enterprise such as WDEA or be recycled in an environmentally friendly way.” She said Warrnambool residents should still be encouraged to donate reusable items to charity and opportunity shops.
This initiative of having a hard waste collection available for Warrnambool residents is a win-win for everyone.
Ms Blakeslee told The Standard in August she wanted to make Warrnambool a safe, vibrant and inclusive regional city. Nominations for council elections close September 20.