Mackay Council Media Release:
CONCERNS council will take people to court if their wheelie bin has been left on the kerbside for too long are unwarranted.The State Government’s current Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 and the previous Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation 2000 have been in place for the last two decades. As of July 1, 2018, the State Government is repealing Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 and it is up to councils to adopt a new local law to manage wheelie bins.There have been no prosecutions or on-the-spot fines since the State Government law has been in place. Instead, council talks to residents about the hazards of leaving bins out as we find it is the most effective way to achieve an outcome. There have been some incidents in the past where motorists and pedestrians have collided with bins, with one resulting in permanent serious injury. Council’s draft local law is based on the current State Government legislation. The draft local law is out for community consultation. It is not currently in effect. Residents have until April 6 to have their say in writing to the CEO. The proposed new Waste Management Law is available to view on council’s website or at council’s administration building on Gordon Street.
For further information please contact:
Craig Doyle, CEO