Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)
Rocky Bins Its Green Credentials; Schools to Pay Penalty for Recycling as Council Fees Hit Home
Byline: Adrian Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council's green credentials are in tatters today with a revelation that it has chosen to charge schools thousands of dollars a year for recycling.
The Morning Bulletin understands that a number of schools have already decided to seek private sector alternatives rather than pay $170 a year for each yellow-topped bin on their premises.
Last year the charge was $160 a property, irrespective of how many recycling bins were in use.
Most schools actively encourage pupils to recycle and have enthusiastically embraced the principle.
A spokesman for one school, which uses up to 15 recycling bins, said if it stuck with the council service its annual bill would easily top $2000 and a private company had quoted just $250 to recycle the huge amount of cardboard, paper and plastics it generated.
Council's health and regulatory services committee chairman Cr Tony Williams said yesterday the policy was nonsense and should be changed at the earliest opportunity.
aIt's critical that we promote recycling in schools and teach young people about the benefits of recycling,a said Cr Williams. aThis is not the way to do it and not what we intended.a
Together with other local authorities in Central Queensland, the council spends thousands on advertising to encourage recycling through the Recycling Heroes campaign.
aThere is no doubt that schools should not be classed as businesses and we should be treating them the same as charities. I will take this to the council table and ask my colleagues to support a change.
aWe should waive fees for schools under a community service obligation,a he said. …