LET’S GET MOVING: The Greens are calling for action on kerbside collection.The introduction of the carbon tax and an estimated $2 million bill to Maitland ratepayers has prompted a call from Greens candidate Samy Korbi for the council to do more.

“Council is dragging its feet in terms of reducing its carbon emissions,” the east ward candidate said.

“They’re whinging about the $2m bill when they should be reducing the amount of waste to landfill which generates methane.”

But Maitland City Council development and environment manager David Simm defended council’s work so far.

“We’re already investigating longer term waste systems, which will include green waste and organics collection and processing that will reduce our carbon emissions from landfill,” he said.

“Gas capture will help in reducing emissions and we are expecting the first stage installation of an extraction system to commence in the next three months.”

Mr Korbi echoed calls by west ward councillor Henry Meskauskas for a kerbside bulky goods collection service that could lead to better recycling and prevent waste winding up in landfill.

“Rates, roads and rubbish is what council is about and if they can’t handle that we’re in trouble,” Mr Korbi said.

“Unless they handle the waste properly, it is going to pile up somewhere.”

Mr Simm said a bulky goods collection service would not help divert waste from landfill.

“A system like this may encourage more waste to be collected and therefore put into landfill,” he said.

Jenny Rooke, a Tenambit resident and Greens member, said a kerbside collection wouldn’t hurt.

“A kerbside collection would certainly be welcomed,” she said.

“I feel short-changed compared to other councils that can provide it.”

Mr Korbi said the extent of illegal dumping was no surprise.

“People are going to find alternatives when faced with a $59 tip fee,” he said.

“In Metford people put stuff out the front of their homes in ignorance or perhaps vein hope it will be collected by council.”

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