Petition calls for reconsideration of bin

Goya Dmytryshchak

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A petition was presented at last week’s council meeting calling on Hobsons Bay City Council to reverse its decision to reinstate weekly waste collection and reduce green waste collection to biweekly.

The Better West – Spotswood South Kingsville Residents Group petition was signed by 1,837 people.

The council voted to receive a report on the petition pending a review of its validity.

However, a 4-3 council majority voted not to submit a joint letter from Better West members.

The letter was signed by several prominent community members, including former Citizens of the Year Geoff Mitchelmore and Marilyn Olliff, current Young Citizen of the Year Melissa Sheedy and former LeadWest executive Craig Rowley.

Deputy Mayor Daria Kellander and councilors Tony Briffa, Diana Grima and Matt Tyler, who had voted for the weekly garbage collection and biweekly green bin collection, voted to postpone filing the letter.

The letter states that approximately 80 percent of the signatures on the petition “are valid local signatures under section 12.1.5 of the Hobsons Bay Governance Rules”.

He calls on the council to:

– share the results of the Kerbside Waste and Recycling One Year Review with an average rating of 7.4 out of 10 for ‘good’ to ‘very good’ community satisfaction levels;

– publicly congratulate municipal officials and contractors on the achievements of Recycling 2.0 over the past 18 months, including a 33 percent reduction in landfill waste; and

– make the research and research results easily and clearly accessible on the municipality’s website for the community and for other municipalities that are switching to the four-speed system.

The letter calls on the council to “consider comprehensive options and explore the benefits of a fortnightly return to the garbage disposal service as landfill costs rise, in addition to a weekly collection of food and organic yard waste.”

The letter asks the council to recommit to the targets in its approved Waste and Litter Strategy 2025, including the target of removing 54 percent of landfill waste by June 2022 and 66 percent by 2025.

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