Tweed turns into a tip

GREEDY and grubby Tweed residents are causing a delay in a free council clean-up because of the gross amounts of rubbish they are dumping.

Tweed Shire Council workers are four days behind schedule and working overtime for the Household Clean-up Campaign after rubbish piles in front of some households were more than 50 cubic metres, well over the one cubic metre allowed per household.

Tweed Heads, Tweed Heads West, Bilambil Heights and Piggabeen are the last suburbs to receive the service, which has left streets in those neighbourhoods a haven for scavengers for close to a month.

Tweed Heads West resident Geoff Marston yesterday said he was pleased to see the long stretch of Kennedy Drive, which he likened to a rubbish tip for the past four weeks, finally cleared this weekend.

"Kennedy Drive has been the worst. We had to put up with it for a month," Mr Marston said.

"People start putting rubbish out as soon as they are told. The council needs to hold off on giving so much notice so people are not tempted to put it out so early."

Mr Marston said scavengers who rummage through rubbish piles for items are leaving piles a bigger mess than before.

"They are not helping at all. It is a good service and I hope the council does not stop it because of this."

Another Tweed Heads West resident, who did not wish to be identified, said some of the items going out on the streets are dangerous for%children.

"I have noticed a lot of fridges out; they are dangerous because children can get trapped in them. People should think ahead and take the doors off them first," she said.

A Tweed Shire Council spokeswoman said rules for the clean-up specify rubbish should not exceed one cubic metre and should be placed on the footpath in a tidy manner with loose materials in bags, boxes or bundles.

"Our workers have encountered illegal dumping problems which has led to the delay," the spokeswoman said.

"We have had to hire special trucks at a big cost to cope with it. They worked on Saturday so they can get it done faster."

The spokeswoman said there is a noticable amount of illegal items being dumped, including oil heaters, car parts, household renovation %materials, green waste, oil and fencing material.

"It doesn't sound like household items are all the workers are finding," she said.

Council workers are expected to be finished with the mass clean-up tomorrow.

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