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Garbage '80kg nightmare' for Wooli tourism operator

Council's red bin: the bin of last resort.
Council's red bin: the bin of last resort.

THE prospect of thirsty holiday-makers filling the big yellow rubbish bins beyond their 80kg limit has a Wooli tourist operator up in arms.

Russell Stephens, who with wife Margaret runs a local real estate agency, manages 100 rental properties and owns the Wooli River Lodge, says Clarence Valley Council has inflicted an unworkable system on him and other tourist operators with the introduction of the new bin.

Its chief flaw, he said, is the bin is capable of holding more than double the 80kg limit the council has set on them.

He was also worried renters would fill the bins to their limits in a few days when they were emptied once a fortnight.

"Some of them fill a normal bin in a day," he said. "It's going to be a nightmare."

Mr Stephens said he has already run foul of the limitation at rental properties he manages.

"The thing is, why did the council give us big bins if we're not allowed to fill them up," he said.

"If you look on the inside left of the lid, near the hinge, it shows the bin has a normal limit of 144kg and a maximum load of 166kg."

Mr Stephens has investigated the use of the bins in other areas, such as Brisbane, where council uses bigger trucks to empty them.

Mr Stephens said some holiday- makers would not understand the council's recycling regime and fill bins without following the guidelines.

Mr Stephens is considering a commercial "black bin" council will remove weekly for a $7 fee.

Council deputy manager Des Schroder said the best option for the Stephens was to get a second yellow bin and urge tenants to limit the amount they put in them.

"It's a commercial operation they're running so they need to deal with the issue," he said.

Topics:  clarence valley council, garbage

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