Kingborough Council has been forced to delay the introduction of its new green waste kerbside collection service until at least October.
The current border restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has meant supply of bins could not be achieved before the previously announced start date of 1 July. The service is also reliant on the purchase of a new vehicle, which has also been delayed until August.
The Council will now work with its provider to get the service up and running in late 2020 or early in 2021.
“We are disappointed the kerbside green waste service will be delayed,” said the Mayor of Kingborough, Cr Dean Winter.
“Unfortunately the coronavirus pandemic has presented us with challenges across a range of services, including waste management.
“While the Barretta waste transfer station remains open, we had to cancel a free green waste weekend in April to prevent large numbers of people arriving on site at the same time.
“With the easing of restrictions, we are looking to see what arrangements can be safely implemented to accept large amounts of green waste at our transfer station, but it may be some time off before we can hold our usual free green waste weekend.”
The kerbside green waste service has been widely supported by the community. Every household and business which qualified for the service was given the option to opt-out but only 20 per cent of properties did so.