Hard rubbish collection dates locked in

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EIGHTEEN months on from their last annual hard rubbish collection, Frankston Council have confirmed the dates for their next collection.

The collection service will run from late April and continue through until June.

The mayor Michael O’Reilly said “council appreciates that the change to the timing of the regular hard rubbish collection has been frustrating for some residents. While the city-wide hard rubbish collection has previously taken place progressively throughout October and November, the annual service will begin in late April and residents will be notified two weeks ahead of their collection period.”

“The hard rubbish collection was moved later in the financial year because a November collection would cost council an extra $500,000. Council felt the additional $500,000 was an unreasonable use of ratepayer funds, which would be better spent on providing other services to the community,” he said.

“The service will be the same service as offered in previous years and more information can be found on the council website. It should be noted that not all items are collected by the same truck, to help maximise the diversion from landfill. For example, green waste and hard waste will be collected by different trucks, possibly on different days.”

Council’s hard rubbish collection service, which usually takes place during October, was delayed last year after the process was put out to tender.

The mayor at the time Colin Hampton said “the tender process commenced in early 2018 to align with the completion of the last contract extension ending at the start of October. Council was seeking a competitive market of service providers, however, unfortunately there continues to be a shortage of providers that can offer annual municipal-wide hard waste collections.”

“We realise this is a substantial change to the usual timing of the hard waste collection, however council had to make this change due to the availability of the service provider,” he said. (“Hard rubbish delay with fine threat”, The Times, 24/09/18)

Council agreed to continue their agreement with their previously contracted service provider, but a scheduling conflict had come up that resulted in the six month delay.

Residents who put out their hard rubbish during the regular October period were threatened with fines of up to $17,000 for illegal dumping.

Hard rubbish put out for collection should not exceed 1 metre in height and 2 metres in length.

Dates of pickup can be found at: frankston.vic.gov.au/Our_Community/Maps_Online_-_My_Address

First published in the Frankston Times – 23 April 2019

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