Rubbish pick-up health concerns

FLICKING through her Sunday paper reignited Judy Pigg's campaign to halt changes to the way Clarence Valley rubbish bins are collected.

The article that caught her eye told the story of a baby that had died after crawling over a snail or slug trail that contained lung worm, which is contacted by the snail ingesting infected rodent faeces.

The infant's contact with the snail trail led to the infant being struck down with meningitis.

"I think that this story would floor any parent," she said.

"Everyone has put their child down outside to play in the garden without thinking they could die from it."

Judy firmly says that if Clarence Valley Council follows through with their proposed changes to the way rubbish is collected, there will be an infestation of rodents and vermin which could have tragic consequences for the children of the Valley.

"I don't know anyone who has a half-full red bin at the end of their rubbish week, and having all of that rubbish lying around will attract rats," Judy said.

The proposed changes include:

  • Reducing red bin collections from weekly to fortnightly.
  • Increasing green waste collections from fortnightly to weekly.
  • Introducing a larger-sized recycle bin to be collected fortnightly


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