Byron Shire Council has been rolling out recycling and green waste bins in towns across the shire in recent months – except in Bangalow.
Apparently the reason is that the good burghers of Bangalow don’t want their streetscape defiled by the type of bins that are good enough for Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.
So council staff have come up with a ‘Bangalow Public Place Bin working group’ (yes, folks, you read it here first) to work out the best locations for ‘refurbished heritage-style recycling bin enclosures’.
The working group is made up of representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Progress Association, Historical Society and the Bangalow Village Plan Guidance Group.
A council spokesperson said, ‘The original heritage-style bins are not manufactured anymore. Council will be installing dual waste and recycling enclosures that match, as best as possible, the original style of bins.
‘We have gone so far as to recast the Bangalow Palm emblem on the side of the bins,’ the spokesperson added.
Staff have also investigated the potential of having green bins in public spaces but say that as Bangalow has only a small number of takeaways which are spread along the main street and taking into account space constraints on the footpath, staff do not believe the ‘green’ bins would not be well used.’
Council expects the new bins will be installed in early May.