RATEPAYERS are having to fork out $167,000 a year to clean up roadside rubbish, and Gladstone Regional Council has hit out at rubbish dumpers and those who don't secure transport loads properly.
In three months, six tonnes of rubbish was cleaned up from arterial roads around the region.
The council collects litter from Goondoon St and Glenlyon St including behind the new McDonald's seven days a week, and Tank St, Flinders Pde, Dawson Hwy and Glegg St five days a week.
Council officers collect litter from the CBD and in about a 5km radius, while areas such as between the Dawson Hwy and the Bruce Hwy incur charges for more than $3000 a month.
Cr Maxine Brushe said the level of litter was certainly not normal.
"This is something residents can help with; we need to be clear that it needs to improve," she said.
"It impacts on their ratepayer dollars."
Mayor Gail Sellers said the situation was unacceptable but it wasn't just the council's problem, it was a community problem.