PLEASE EXPLAIN: Six-year-old Oskar Bettels has written a letter to Whitsunday mayor Mike Brunker asking why we do not have kerbside recycling here.
PLEASE EXPLAIN: Six-year-old Oskar Bettels has written a letter to Whitsunday mayor Mike Brunker asking why we do not have kerbside recycling here.

Youngster joins recycling debate

SIX-YEAR-OLD Oskar Bettels is one of the latest locals to sign the petition for kerbside recycling to be implemented in the Whitsundays. In fact, Oskar felt so strongly about the issue, he wrote a letter to Council's mayor, which was published in last week's Whitsunday Times.

Oskar said that last year he was taught about recycling "and how good for the earth it is". He wanted to know "why don't we have two bins with different colour lids like my Grandparents have in Brisbane so we can be kind to earth and the animals?"

"Are you going to do something about this soon? Could you please answer me? My mum doesn't have an answer," he told the mayor.

Cr Brunker wrote back to Oskar. He told him, "the good news is that you can recycle all sorts of things in the Whitsundays at the Council's waste sites, although the Council does not operate a twin bin or "kerbside" system - as your email rightly says".

Cr Brunker went on to explain that the previous Council had trialed kerbside recycling but abandoned it for reasons including contamination issues and cost.

"There were also concerns about possible negative impacts on the environment, for example the increase in fuel consumption. The Council would effectively be doubling its number of trucks and therefore the amount of diesel fuel used," he said.

Oskar's mum Saskia Bettels explained the mayor's letter to her son.

"Basically he's saying it's too expensive," she said.

"He should try harder," was Oskar's response.

Cass Norton, who has been encouraging people to sign the petition, said Oskar was just one more reason "that we do get that basic service for households here".

"I think Oskar summed it up quite nicely by saying he [the mayor] wasn't trying hard enough. There are ways," Ms Norton said. To access the petition for kerbside recycling visit www.change.org/petitions/kerbside-recycling-for-whitsundays.


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