The tipping point: council to review its waste strategy
Updated, April 26, 3.40: THE Tweed Shire Council will review its waste strategy because the cost of roadside dumping has spiralled out of control.
The council says it has hired a consultant to review the way it deals with waste.
In the meantime, the council has said a large proportion of the dumped material could be recycled through council recycling options, the majority of these being free. For recycling options, see www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Waste
If you do witness anyone dumping illegally please contact Tweed Shire Council on (02)6670 2400
Updated, April 26, 11.50pm: The dumping of unwanted household rubbish at the side of rural roads in the Tweed has gone viral.
In the past couple of days three new illegal dump sites have appeared at the side of the road, two north of Uki and one south of Uki on the Kyogle Rd. Currently there are five sites along this stretch of road where rubbish has been dumped.
With so much illegal dumping going on at a cost of about $100,000 each year to ratepayers, My Daily News has asked Tweed Shire Council whether reducing tip fees would help solve the problem. We are waiting for its response.
Updated, April 24, 11.35pm: MORE rubbish has been dumped overnight on the Kyogle Road. Less than 1km from the site of other household goods which were dumped the day before. This pile of waste includes a washing machine, buckets, boxes, empty drums and plastic bags.
Tweed Shire Council waste operations officer Wes Knight said illegal dumping was a major cost to all ratepayers, not to mention a public health and environmental hazard.
"The cost for cleaning up the thoughtless act of illegal dumping is borne by all Tweed rate payers, instead of the person dumping in our Shire who should really take responsibility for their waste," Mr Knight said.
"The cost to the community for illegal dumping annually thought to be in excess of $100,000."
While one reader, Fleur, commented on www.mydailynews.com.au, "The dumping of large white goods with doors left in tact for children to hide in and therefore suffocate should be a police matter. Have a good look around citizens the whole of Tweed is becoming a rubbish tip."
Initial report, April 23, 2.35pm: Dumping of household rubbish is a costly problem with the Tweed Shire Council spending in excess of $50,000 each year to clean up after those who refuse to do it themselves.
Just this morning, an unwanted fridge, washing maching, boxes filled with rubish and even a gumboot were left at the side of the road a few kilometres south of Uki, probably in the hope that the council would take the rubbish away.
However, the council warns that not only is dumping illeagal, it is potentially dangerous.
Illegally dumped materials can be hazardous, for example asbestos and chemicals create a risk of soil and water contamination, fire and toxicity, while dumping of green waste can threaten environmentally sensative areas.
Tweed Shire Council has teamed up with other councils in the region to try to combat the problem with a campaign to raise awareness and let offenders know of the penalities, if caught.
The campaign includes televsison advertising an a website: www.illegaldumping.com.au