‘Trash’ drawn to treasures

Verge trash brings out undesirables.
Verge trash brings out undesirables.

The City of Cockburn had planned for its annual clearing of junk and whitegoods from Atwell and Aubin Grove to begin on April 1.

But according to the City’s website, higher volumes of rubbish compared to last year had resulted in a delay of one week.

It was a further nine days from the rescheduled date before clearing finally began.

‘I think was really poorly managed by the Cockburn Council,’ Mr Francis said.

‘What we had because of the delay was scum from all over Perth coming to Atwell.

‘They come with their trailers, search through people’s stuff, strip the copper from appliances, then leave the mess over people’s lawns and gardens.

‘It was like a cyclone.

‘I don’t mind people taking something if it is of use to them, but stripping appliances and strewing the mess is not good.’

A City spokesperson put the delay down to the service’s popularity, saying residents valued the collection

‘There is a larger volume of items to be collected than last year, therefore it has taken longer,’ the spokesperson said.

‘However, the City did put out a notice explaining this and hired contractors to assist with the pick-up to get it done as soon as possible, and apologised for any inconvenience.

‘Yes, there has been a delay in verge collection for this area on this occasion, however residents value the free verge collection by the City.’