Demand increases wait for skips

FLOOD-AFFECTED residents wanting a free skip bin to use for the clean-up of their homes or businesses can call Ipswich City Council to register for the service.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said even though the bins were still available to residents trying to clean their properties, people needed to be mindful there would be a slight wait due to the huge demand for them.

“Since January 26, we have had more than 275 people register with the call centre, and we are over halfway through servicing the people on that list,” he said.

“If you need a skip bin, there may be a wait of up to a week before your bin is delivered.

“The bins are delivered to your property and you have two to three days to fill them with flood-affected waste, such as personal belongings, furniture and kitchen or bathroom cabinets.

“If you have bulky items to put in the bin, we ask that you break them up as much as possible, so you make use of the bin’s capacity.

“Residents would have noticed flood-affected waste on footpaths throughout the city and this has all been collected by council crews and contractors.

“Once collected, we ask that residents and businesses do not put any more waste out for collection and instead use one of the free skip bins or if possible, to make their own waste disposal arrangements.

“It is important that residents understand this service is for flood-affected waste only and not a general clean-up. Non-genuine requests simply delay responses for those in dire need.”

Flood-affected residents can register for a skip bin by calling the Council Customer Call Centre on 3810 6666.

“This service will be made available until we determine that people have finished their clean-up,” Cr Pisasale said.

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