Burdekin Shire Council will place bulk bins at Plantation, Ocean and Morris Creek boat ramps over the coming Easter school holidays.
Mayor Cr Lyn McLaughlin said the trial was in response to community requests for bulk bins to be placed at boat ramps.
“We will trial the placement of a single 1.5m3 bulk bin at three of the Burdekin’s busiest boat ramps for the Easter weekend and school holidays,” she said.
“After the trial Council will review the amount of waste that was collected and make a decision on whether to place bins permanently at boat ramps.
“Bins had previously been at the boat ramps, but were removed after vandalism and illegal dumping in and around the bins.
“These bins will be for general household waste only, not furniture, tyres, hazardous waste or construction and demolition waste.”
Manager Governance and Local Laws Daniel Mulcahy said Council would inspect the bins regularly to ensure the service was not being abused and that the area was kept clean.
“This service is primarily for community members using the creeks for fishing and recreational purposes,” he said.
“We anticipate the bins will be emptied weekly, so if the bin is full we are asking people to contact Council to let us know.
“While Council will endeavour to have the service available at all times during the school holiday break, we are unsure of the volume requirements and our team will be monitoring the situation.
“Council asks residents using the bins to wrap waste in a manner that minimises odour.
“We would also appreciate calls from the public to report any illegal dumping or misuse of the bins.”
Mr Mulcahy said the bins would be removed from the boat ramps at the end of the school holidays.