A green organics collection will become a fortnightly operation conducted in the Yankalilla council district from July 1.
At the February council meeting, District Council of Yankalilla elected members decided to include a $273,000 provision in the 2018-19 budget to allow for the funding of the pick-up service.
The townships which will be serviced are Yankalilla, Normanville, Normanville Links, Carrickalinga, Myponga, Myponga Beach, Wirrina Cove, Second Valley, Randelsea, Cape Jervis, Rapid Bay, Delamere and Inman Valley.
Along with the decision to begin a green organics collection service, it was resolved that domestic and recycling bins would be emptied fortnightly.
The decisions caused much discussion between councillors, especially over the different waste collection options presented, which did not include the solution eventually agreed on.
Councillor David Olsson said it was “time to undertake reform” of the system.
“It is clear that residents clearly want a green organics pick-up,” he said.
A report was put together in early 2016 discussing what residents wanted from bin pick-ups, but councillor Leonie Fitzgerald was concerned it was not up-to-date and a decision should not be made before more consultation.
“We haven’t gone out to the community to say it has come up on the agenda again,” she said.
Councillor Simon Rothwell said community education would be key to the success of the program.
It was a divisive decision; five councillors voted in favour and three voted against.
Discussions around implementation are now taking place between council and Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority.