Readers say kerbside clean-ups will beat illegal dumping
READERS have called for an annual kerbside collection in Ipswich following confusion in suburbs neighbouring Brisbane areas where collections are being held.
Residents in Ipswich's eastern suburbs have been advised by Ipswich City Council to take their rubbish off the footpaths as confusion appears to have set in over collections about to begin in Forest Lake, Ellen Grove and Richlands on Monday and Inala and Wacol on June 22.
The good news for Ipswich is there will be a free kerbside collection this year, which starts on July 13.
City Infrastructure Committee chairwoman Cheryl Bromage said the citywide collection would begin at Barellan Point, Dinmore, Eastern Heights, Gailes, Haigslea, Ironbark, Mt Marrow, New Chum, One Mile and Woodend.
Residents in those areas are to have items out for collection by July 13.
Cr Bromage said the program would run citywide for 10 weeks from July 13 and residents would be notified with a leaflet in the mail two weeks before collection advising when to leave items out for collection.
While Ipswich City Council holds a free kerbside collection every two to three years, Brisbane City Council holds a free collection service once a year.
Cr Bromage said it cost an estimated $780,000 for council to conduct a citywide kerbside clean-up.
She said there was mixed opinion on the need for an annual kerbside collection.
"Some people don't like the kerbside clean-ups and others wait to have it," Cr Bromage said.
"For people who don't have access to utes and trailers of course it's a bonus for them and especially elderly people who can't make it to the tip or don't have relatives that live nearby.
"The people who have the ability to do it, it's not high on their agenda. It depends on people's circumstances."
Ipswich Council held extra clean-ups during the flood events of 2011 and 2013.
Council officers acted on 919 complaints last financial year relating to litter and illegally dumped waste.
The cost of this collection exceeded $500,000.
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