Jumping into skip bin service

It would provide one skip bin a year to residents, charged in rates, with additional bins available for an undetermined cost.

City of Stirling infrastructure director Michael Littleton said the City had received several complaints about the rise in illegal dumping and general untidiness of verge collections.

�The skip bin service was seen as a more sustainable approach to waste management, as well as a way to improve our service to residents through the provision of a more convenient and efficient system, while also improving the amenity of the City,� he said.

�The final configuration of the skip bin service is currently being finalised.�

A 2014 City of Stirling survey found more than 65 per cent of ratepayers did not want the City to pursue skip bins.

The City�s consideration of a skip bin alternative has drawn criticism from several residents, concerned with the amount of space provided by the disposal units.

Resident Michael Cousins said the new system would not allow residents to dispose of as much waste.

�I query how would it be possible to dispose of everything in a small three-cubic metre skip bin, which is very small, considering the amount of goods householders dispose of each year,� he said.

�It is not good to have a system that the majority of households are happy with and take it away from them.�

Mr Cousins questioned why the City had disregarded the findings of their survey.

�The majority of households of City of Stirling have overwhelmingly said they do not want any change to verge side yearly household junk collections,� he said.

�Why is it that the councillors are ignoring the people that voted them in and why even commission a survey?�

Mr Littleton said the City would consider the 2015/16 service charge as part of its annual budgeting process.