BIG LOAD: The first load of 27 bins left at Tenterfield Shire Council offices by Liston residents.
BIG LOAD: The first load of 27 bins left at Tenterfield Shire Council offices by Liston residents. Contributed

Residents 'don't want' bins

DISGRUNTLED Liston residents have taken an unexpected action again Tenterfield Shire Council by returning unwanted bins.

Liston resident Cheryl Jaques was among those on Mt Lindesay Rd who have appealed to the council to rescind the decision, made in March, to implement mandatory kerbside rubbish collection.

"Tenterfield is a large council area with high numbers of retired, working away, unemployed and part-employed residents, many of whom struggle to cover their fixed expenses already,” Ms Jaques said.

"Most Mt Lindesay Rd ratepayers are happy to continue to use the local new waste transfer stations for their irregular need for waste and recycled waste disposal.” She said the ratepayers were not consulted on the decision and didn't want kerbside collection, largely due to "potential road maintenance and traffic risks” on the winding rural arterial road.

She said 127 complaints were tabled at the council's July meeting and the residents had called to an early end to the 12-month kerbside trial.

"Since then 81 bins have been returned to TSC, three bins were taken back by TSC staff at the time of attempted delivery to ratepayer properties,” she said.

"Some who would appear to be included in the council approval have yet to have bins left at their properties and some are away so haven't had an opportunity to return the unrequested bins. Some who did want the collection still haven't received their requested bin.”

Ms Jaques said the debacle had been a "comedy of errors” and urged the council to bring an end to the "inappropriate mandatory charge”.

"Some ratepayers have no house on the property, some are a significant distance from the "edge of the kerb”. Some are... unable to make practical use of the pseudo service,” she said. Tenterfield Shire Council was approached for comment.

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