Solo Resource Recovery runner Jeremy Gallagher takes a break after cleaning up Falcon Way.
Solo Resource Recovery runner Jeremy Gallagher takes a break after cleaning up Falcon Way. Crystal Spencer

Way too untidy even for clean-up

IT took three garbage trucks to clean up one of the Tweed’s dirtiest streets.

The rubbish, which covered the footpath and was strewn onto the road at Falcon Way in Tweed Heads South, was cleared yesterday by Tweed Shire Council’s Household Clean-up Campaign.

Jeremy Gallagher, a runner for Solo Resource Recovery, which is contracted to do the clean-up by council, said the boys were in shock when they saw the Falcon Way “rubbish tip”.

“It’s definitely the dirtiest pile we’ve seen this time around,” Mr Gallagher said.

“We had three trucks here and usually we only have one.”

The generally speedy team took about half an hour to clear the footpath and road, Mr Gallagher said.

“Out in the bush we would usually get a bobcat out to pick it up.

“The pile was at least two truck-lengths long and all over the road.

“It was mostly rubbish, which isn’t what the clean-up is for.”

The massive pile belonged to Falcon Way residents who live inside The Oasis, a gated complex.

The Household Clean-up Campaign clearly specifies that rubbish should be placed in one neat pile.

“Loose material must be placed in bags, boxes, or bundled,” it stated.

A council spokesperson said council could refuse to collect the rubbish if residents put any excluded materials in the pile or if the pile was larger than one cubic metre – the size of a small box trailer.


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