Kerbside collection a chance to clean out unwanted items
GEMS could be hidden along the region's streets in coming days, as residents ditch their trash for what could be someone else's treasure.
Kerbside collections began yesterday and Southern Downs Regional Council manager of environmental service Tim O'Brien said the program had been known to unearth some great finds.
"A cash register was collected previously but unfortunately there was no money inside," he said.
Those who have their eye on a discarded item atop a neighbour's footpath can take the item for themselves, provided they leave the remaining items as they were.
"Council has no objection to people reusing items that have been put on the footpath for collection," Mr O'Brien said. "It is requested that items are kept in neat and tidy piles."
Those who think they may have a thing or two to dispose of during the program are urged to make sure what they put out is appropriate.
Residents must not place asbestos material; chemicals or chemical containers, including paint; liquids or food scraps or grass clippings.
"Articles placed on the footpath must be able to be lifted safely by two people and items such as refrigerators and wardrobes must have doors removed prior to placement on the footpath," Mr O'Brien said.
"We ask that people separate their unwanted items into stockpiles of green waste, scrap metal and other materials which are then taken to the waste facilities so that as much can be recycled or reused as possible."
Any unusable items collected will be sent to landfill.
Mr O'Brien said kerbside collections were a regular way of keeping the region beautiful.
"The council holds these collections once every two years, alternating between the northern and southern districts of the region," he said. "It is the northern area's turn this year and we will go to the south next year.
"They are held to assist people remove unwanted items and it helps in keeping premises tidy and uncluttered."
For more information visit http://www.southerndowns.qld.
gov.au or phone 4661 0300.