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Lord Mayor reducing litter with bigger bins

22 August, 2012

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is ramping up his plan to triple the size of Brisbane’s public bins as part of his vision for a clean and green city.

The Lord Mayor said the program was part of a $19.5 million investment in clearing litter from footpaths and mall areas, street sweeping and bin infrastructure aimed at reducing litter.

“In the last three years we’ve seen the amount of litter in the CBD and Valley drop by 34 per cent as a result of my team’s holistic approach of increased cleaning, enforcement and education,” Cr Quirk said.

“In fact, last year alone we emptied more than 2964 tonnes of waste and 245 tonnes of recyclables from public bins across Brisbane, which is a good sign that they’re being used.

“However there’s still more that can be done to reduce littering in this city and I want to make sure we do everything in our power to make that happen.

“And by tripling the size of bins in this city in combination with record spending on cleaning we reduce the number of excuses people have to throw their rubbish on the ground.”

Cr Quirk said in recent years council had focused on replacing older-style 80 litre trash cans in the CBD with 240 litre wheelie bins covered by a decorative casing and were now ramping up the same approach in high-use areas such as the Valley and busy suburban shopping strips and parks.

“This year alone we plan to upgrade about 80 public bin locations to wheelie bins across Brisbane, which not only means more room for rubbish but less time and effort spent emptying them,” he said.

Cr Quirk said the smaller trash cans would not go to waste and would be relocated to new sites with less demand.

He said waste collection had come a long way in Brisbane over the years and as litter habits had changed, so too had bin styles.

“Since Brisbane’s first litter bins arrived in our city in 1928, collection methods have changed, the composition of litter has changed, environmental benefits, such as recycling, have emerged and Council now also has a better understanding of the behaviours of users,” Cr Quirk said.

Along with tripling the size of the CBD’s bins, the Lord Mayor also introduced a fleet of Queensland-first litter vacuums into council’s ever-growing arsenal of cleaning equipment earlier this year.

“I have a vision for a cleaner and greener Brisbane and over the next fours we will also be rolling out $1 million worth of new cleaning equipment, including more street sweepers and water tankers.”

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