Regarding the Maitland Mercury’s kerbside pick-up campaign.
Nanjing Night Net

Thanks for organising this campaign.

I was really surprised that Maitland didn’t have this service when I moved here from Sydney five years ago.

I always had it growing up and was disappointed to realise that Maitland didn’t have it, while some surrounding councils did.

The free tip voucher is something, but if you don’t have the means to get your rubbish to tips, it’s useless.

I have only had the means to use mine twice.

Other years I have just had to let it go, even though I had items to throw out, as I couldn’t afford to hire a ute, and what I had was too big for my car.

I know it’s even worse for people who don’t have a car, as they can’t even take the smaller items themselves.

The logistics of getting rubbish to the tip is one thing, but to me the best outcome of a council pick-up is actually reducing the amount of stuff that goes to landfill in the first place.

They say “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and this is so true.

Personally I find the practice of people taking what they want from my pick-up pile before it’s collected to be an excellent form of recycling and reuse.

Some councils have a resale facility where you can buy items that still have some use in them, saving them from landfill, but we don’t.

At the tip there are some stops before the tip-face where you can separate out specific items, but most stuff goes straight to the tip face, never to be seen again.

This is very sad – and in this day and age where councils are often heard complaining that we’re running out of landfill space, it’s crazy not to do everything in our power to minimise what’s going into landfill.

Some councils offer a kerbside service four times a year.

I know it’s a big expense, so cost will play a big part.

The previous council I lived in found it necessary to move from four times a year to two times per year plus an additional two times per household, on request.

This worked very well. I don’t personally think four times is necessary; twice a year would be great.

Perhaps with the option of additional on-demand “fee for service” pick-ups for those who have a lot of waste.

Again, thank you for organising this campaign.

Included is a coupon from myself and several friends who are also very keen for this service.

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