The Great Debate: Should councils still provide roadside rubbish collections?

Is it time to toss the verge side rubbish collection?
Is it time to toss the verge side rubbish collection?

Each week we debate the topics that drive you nuts, this week we asked if councils should still provide roadside collections?

Yes

Jessica Warriner, Reporter

The roadside collection is such a simple way for people to get rid of unwanted items and potentially find them a new home right next door.

I love a bit of a peruse through furniture and oddities that have made it onto the kerb.

But the problems arise when people start throwing rubbish and gross things out (I’m looking at you, freezer full of meat that the City of Vincent councillors discussed earlier this year).

Roadside collections have got my vote, but no rubbish please!

No

Jon Bassett, Central Deputy Editor

People need to take control of their lives and not rely on verge collections when recycling centres, council–operated tips and other sites now provide reliable alternatives.

The public now has their own cars and ability to hire trailers to take their bulk waste away.

Rubbish on verges weeks before a collection is a sign you and your neighbours are not organised enough to get rid of your unwanted goods.

In this wasteful age of consumerism, it serves as a too-easy method of dumping a cracked, self-built bookshelf or cheap fridge.

We must reduce landfill, and having to be responsible for getting rid of your own waste will make people think twice about what happens at the end of their purchases’ lives.