Livingstone Shire Council has resolved to close three of four remaining recycling bin stations from Monday 28 April.
Cr. Adam Belot said that removal of these problematic bin stations would save Council in excess of $56,000 per annum.
“This is a necessary decision as the bin stations had been unsightly and were often misused with people dumping foodscraps and general waste instead of recyclable material resulting in complaints from residents regarding the unpleasant sight and smell of these bin stations,” Cr Belot said.
Councillor Adam Belot who holds the Council Portfolio for the Environment said that while kerbside recycling services were introduced on the Capricorn Coast in 2012, the recycling bin stations in Cordingley Street and Farnborough Road Yeppoon, and Taylor Street, Keppel Sands have needlessly remained in place.
"It costs Council significant money to provide these additional facilities, and further money to remedy regular misuse of the facilities by some members of the public who are contaminating recyclables with general waste.
“Council has reviewed its waste services and these stations were identified as an unnecessary duplication of service. Residents of Yeppoon, Emu Park and Keppel Sands all have access to a kerbside recycling collection service.
“Importantly there are other options available to residents without access to kerbside collections.
“It is free to dump any quantity of recyclables at the Yeppoon Landfill or any other transfer station, Cr Belot said.
Residents of Keppel Sands are also set to benefit from Monday 14 April as a domestic greenwaste drop-off station will be trialled on the corner of Coowonga Road and Keppel Sands Road.
Councillor Belot thanked the Keppel Sands community on behalf of Council for the patience they have shown while their greenwaste facility was being relocated from the back of the Keppel Sands Caravan Park, to its new location.