Following my Letter on August 22 suggesting the old rubbish bins should be sold for approximately $1 million, it would appear that the executive of council has advised the Mayor that it is dangerous to sell the old wheelie bins.
This is not the first time that the executive of council has given factually incorrect advice; for example, the two council reports recommending closure of the Inverloch Transfer Station which were clearly incorrect.
Apparently the council proposes to give some of the bins to sporting clubs where any accident from these ‘dangerous’ bins must be the responsibility of the council.
Selling the bins causes no risk to council. It would be ‘buyer beware’ and gives the council revenue a much needed boost.
I purchased privately a 240 litre Nylex wheelie bin over 25 years ago which has been subject to 25 years of UV exposure.
I have recently hit it with a hammer and it doesn’t crack and shows no signs of collapse when used for heavy recycling products.
I am reliably advised that second hand wheelie bins are widely used in the construction industry which has one of the highest occupational health and safety standards.
If a bin becomes defective it simply becomes part of the recycled waste.
However there is the potential for the council to increase their revenue and benefit ratepayers at no risk by anywhere between $1 million to $2.5 million – 50,000 bins at eBay price of $50 is $2.5 million.
This opportunity cannot and must not be ignored.
It is vitally important for councillors to exercise due diligence and question the advice given to them by the executive.
John Swarbrick, Rhyll, BCRRA committee member.