Council to continue free kerbside collection in 2019

Date published: 11 October 2018

Townsville’s free hard waste kerbside collection will continue next year, with a streamlined pick-up schedule.

Townsville City Council’s Water and Waste Committee recommended the kerbside collection be continued in 2019, and the program timeframe be reduced to approximately 26 weeks.

The number of zones will also be reduced from 25 to less than half the current 25 – potentially aligned with suburb boundaries and postcodes.

Acting Mayor Les Walker said re-introducing the free kerbside hard waste collection was a key election commitment from Team Hill.

“This year is the first time Council has done a kerbside collection in more than a decade so we have taken on board all the community feedback and we will make changes to improve the service,” Cr Walker said.

“It was an extremely important commitment from Mayor Jenny Hill and the Team – and we’re very proud to have delivered it.

“There are some areas for improvement and that’s why staff have worked on a new streamlined program that will be simpler and quicker.

“Importantly, everyone in the community can use the hard waste kerbside collection including renters and pensioners.”

Cr Walker said more than 40 per cent of households used the kerbside collection and they got rid of an average of 100kg each.

“This has proved to be a popular service with residents, with white goods the most common items picked up,” Cr Walker said.

Cr Walker said the new schedule would begin towards the end of April 2019.

The proposal will go before the next Full Council meeting for final consideration.