Wollondilly councillor's 'wheelie' big idea

One man's trash: Wollondilly deputy mayor Matthew Gould hopes recycling and green waste collections can be made weekly rather than fortnightly.
One man's trash: Wollondilly deputy mayor Matthew Gould hopes recycling and green waste collections can be made weekly rather than fortnightly.

Dragging heavy, over-filled wheelie bins to the curb on pick-up day could soon be a thing of the past if one councillor has his way.

Wollondilly deputy mayor Matthew Gould wants to ease some of the strain on residents' backs by making bin pick-ups weekly rather than fortnightly.

Cr Gould said many residents had complained to him about how full their environmental waste (green lid) and recycling (yellow lid) bins were getting before bin day.

"There has been some concern about the red bins (general waste) as well but not as much as people seem to be concerned about the green bin," he said. "People are very concerned about the frequency of green waste collection especially during the warmer months when grass grows like crazy.

"We've had problems in the past where the bins are too heavy for the trucks to lift so we need to come up with a solution that addresses the community's needs."

We've had problems in the past where the bins are too heavy for the trucks to lift so we need to come up with a solution that addresses the community's needs.

Matthew Gould, deputy mayor

The council is currently locked into its waste collection contract until 2021 however Cr Gould hopes a solution can be found.

"I think it would be fantastic if we could find a way to have rubbish collected weekly," he said.

"There might be some room to make a variance on our current contract but we need to look at the options to find the best outcomes for our community.

"I am hopeful that we can find a way forward.

"Hopefully we'll be able to trial something later this year but it is early days."

Council staff are expected to bring a report back to councillors on the issue at an upcoming meeting.

Cr Gould said residents did have another option available.

"A lot of residents don't know that we have larger bins available and I think that is the quickest solution in the medium term," he said.

"I think the larger bin costs about 68 cents per week.

"You can also get a second bin if you need one - I have a second red bin at home."

Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth said the size of the shire itself was one of the biggest issues.

"Waste collection can be expensive especially with how far apart our towns and villages are," he said.

"I am open to Cr Gould's proposal as a lot of residents have bought their concerns to me as well."