Trashy image burdens the Tweed Shire
UNSIGHTLY levels of rubbish dumped illegally around the Tweed Shire are continuing to cost council thousands of dollars in unnecessary fees each year.
Huge piles of illegal rubbish have recently been spotted dumped across the shire, prompting renewed calls for Tweed Shire Council to alter its household clean-up program, despite a recent survey showing strong support for the program to continue.
Council waste management co-ordinator Rod Dawson said the twice-yearly household clean-up invariably brought with it a spate of illegal dumping around the shire.
“People are putting rubbish in the wrong places,” he said.
“We’re spending $40,000 each year on collecting illegally dumped rubbish.”
He said that burden invariably fell into the hands of the ratepayers.
“The people who are doing the wrong thing know they’re doing the wrong thing,” he said.
Mr Dawson said he was at a loss at the ongoing flouting of the rules, which came despite a recent survey returning a resounding “no” to changes in council’s waste collection program.
Among the worst of the piles seen littering the Tweed in recent days was a mountainous collection of rubbish at the corner of Brays Creek and Byrrill Creek Rds.
Mr Dawson warned the fine for dumping rubbish illegally wasn’t worth the risk.
Council charges a fee of $168 per tonne of waste delivered to the tip.
Councillor Barry Longland said he recently embarked on what should have been a beautiful drive through the Tyalgum region.
“The number of piles (of rubbish) was enormous,” Cr Longland said.
“I don’t know where it all comes from. It’s unsightly in what are some of our most pristine bushland areas.”
While residents have voted to keep the clean-up system the way it is, Cr Longland said he would support a dial-up waste collection service to replace the current system.