Sick of illegal dumpers
TERRANORA residents want rubbish dumpers, too lazy to drive to Stotts Creek tip, to stop throwing their household and landscaping trash on McAuleys Rd.
The residents say the dumping has been a problem for many years, with piles of rubbish being thrown over embankments into rural properties a couple of times a month.
Luke Mason, a Murwillumbah contract landscape gardener, said the biggest concern for his family's 280-acre McAuleys Rd property, was landscaping waste, because it can contain noxious weeds.
"Seeds of the palms can regrow, and if you drop a fertile tree and it grows, it can become a problem," Mr Mason said.
Residents believe the problem is exacerbated by the fees at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre and the closure of Murwillumbah tip five years ago.
At the time, the council's Waste Management co-ordinator Adam Faulkner said the Department of Environment and Climate closed the tip "due to potential leachate contamination of groundwater".
Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre charges $162 a tonne for household waste or a car boot load for $14.50. Metal and other recyclables are free to dump, while green waste is $75 tonne.
Mr Mason says some people are illegally dumping their rubbish to make a profit.
"Some contractors, the cashies (cash-in-hand) do it because they make a bit of money out of it," he said.
"They say they're going to remove your landscape waste for a price and then they dump it for free."
Mr Mason said burnt-out stolen cars were also a neverending problem on the road. "Just six months ago someone dumped an entire camper trailer off the road into the bush," he said.
"Sometimes the trash gets swallowed up by the scrub, and it's not as much of an eyesore, but it still destroys our property."
As a result of an increasing population, and an increased pressure on resources, the Tweed Shire Council is investigating a proposal for a new landfill tip at the Quirks Quarry, off Eviron Rd at Eviron. The project is in its early stages and will involve community consultation.