Calls for weekly bin collection intensify as contract due to be signed

Community calls for a weekly red bin collection have intensified as Penrith Council prepares to sign a new waste removal deal.

Jamisontown resident Kim Portman said concerned residents had attended two recent forums held by council at Penrith Library, where the push for a weekly collection was renewed.

“We reiterated what we have been saying [all along], that is we believe a weekly red lid bin collection is extremely important for the community for hygiene reasons as a basic service,” she told the Gazette.

An online petition started last year calling for a weekly collection has now attracted more than 6,200 signatures and will eventually be presented to council.

But Ms Portman said the tender for the collection service was due to be decided soon, and urged residents – particularly renters – to make their voices heard in the lead-up.

“People just don’t know how or where to direct their feedback to council,” she said.

Council confirmed the current contract would end in June 2019, however Cr Marcus Cornish – a campaigner for the weekly red bin service – said plans needed to be in place well in advance of the end date.

“Something needs to be in place beforehand to allow contractors certainty on the number of trucks and what type of trucks they will need,” he told the Gazette.

Council is yet to determine the length of the next contract, but stated the “industry norm” was 10 years. Community consultation – which included phone and an online surveys, focus groups and a meeting – would “help inform the council's waste strategy development”, a spokesman said.

Both Ms Portman and Cr Cornish said the new contract should address inequities in current arrangements.

“If you’re in a home unit or villa or on five acres, you get a weekly bin collection but if you’re struggling parents with a mortgage in a single dwelling you only get fortnightly collection,” Cr Cornish said.

  • Sign the petition: www.change.org/p/penrith-council-weekly-red-bin-rubbish-collections
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