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CCRC propose to introduce new local Waste Management Policy

Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor would like to quash false reports regarding a new law to fine residents who leave their garbage bins out for too long.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor John Kremastos said the legislation to fine residents for leaving wheelie bins out for an unreasonable period of time already existed under State legislation, but has never been enforced within the CCRC.

“This law has always existed as state legislation to ensure if there was a problem we could act on,” said the Mayor.

The current state legislation expires on the 30 June, which has prompted CCRC to propose the introduction of a local law (Local Law 8 (Waste management) 2018).

Mayor Kremastos said this local law is yet to be approved.

“The wheelie bin time limit is just one part of this policy, which is still in the proposal phase,” said the Mayor.

“This draft local law does include general requirements for keeping garbage bins at serviced premises, including the amount of time that garbage bins may be left in place for collection.”  

Cassowary Coast Regional Council Manager Regulatory Services Gavin Hammond said if a problem arose with time limits on garbage bins, a number of measures would be taken before a fine is issued.

“The proposed compliance action does not involve sending a fine to residents as our first option,” said Mr Hammond.

“Instead we are proposing that once council receives a complaint our compliance actions will escalate via a number of stages and will be adequate with actions taken by residents to comply.”