A petition calling on the Lord Mayor to reinstate Kerbside Collection across Brisbane has closed, gaining 5,436 signatures.
The huge response was received in just over a month after Deputy Opposition Leader Kara Cook posted the petition online.
“Residents condemn the Lord Mayor for cancelling Kerbside Collection,” Cr Cook said.
“It’s a service that’s relied upon by thousands, especially those who may find it difficult to get to a tip or lift heavy unwanted items.”
Kerbside Collection was initially paused in April 2020 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the lockdown.
Weeks later the Lord Mayor cancelled the service altogether for two years.
The decision was met with a wave of anger from residents.
“BCC cancelled the very popular roadside waste collection because of budgetary restraints, but kept the unpopular junk mail propaganda,” one local commented online.
“As a disabled pensioner I need to get assistance to get it to the kerb, let alone into a vehicle,” another wrote.
“Yet another short-sighted decision by the LNP, when will they learn,” said another resident.
For residents in 56 Brisbane suburbs, the cancellation came before their turn for Kerbside Collection in the 2019/20 financial year.
It means they’ll miss out on Kerbside Collection for three years in a row, even though they’ve already paid for the service in their rates.