In April last year, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner temporarily paused Kerbside Collection.

Two months later he cancelled the service for two years.

The news came as a shock to many residents, but it also correlated with a sudden spike in reports of illegal dumping.

In the three months after Kerbside Collection was scraped, Brisbane City Council received 90 reports of illegal dumping across the city.

That’s compared with just 7 reports for the three months prior to Kerbside Collection being canceled.

Leader of the Opposition for Brisbane City Council, Jared Cassidy says that’s a 13-fold increase.

“Without Kerbside Collection our streets are clearly becoming dumping grounds,” Cr Cassidy said.

“It’s also now costing residents more to clean up after illegal dumpers,”

“Instead of residents’ money being put towards collecting their own kerbside rubbish each year, their money is being spent on cleaning up after illegal dumpers.”

Annually it costs ratepayers around $800,000 to pick up rubbish left on Brisbane streets.

An e-petition to reinstate Kerbside Collection is currently on the Brisbane City Council website, so far it’s reached more than 95 signatures.

Another petition, which has now closed, received over 5,000 signatures.

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