Illegal dumping blight on Gladstone?s beauty

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

THE beauty of Gladstone's landscape is being ruined by illegal dumping.

This is having a detrimental effect on the environment as well as hitting ratepayers.

Gladstone City Council (GCC) environmental health and compliance co-ordinator Tom Boarder said this costs Gladstone residents in more ways than one.

'Cleaning up the side effects of illegal dumping costs the GCC an enormous amount of money that has to be subsequently borne by the ratepayer,' Mr Boarder said.

The careless disregard for the environment is evident by looking at how recklessly the rubbish is dumped. There are alternatives on offer for waste disposal.

'The Gladstone Waste Management Centre off Blain Drive offers free dumping of green waste to domestic users, so there is no excuse for the illegal dumping of these items,' Mr Boarder said.

The dumping of car bodies, electrical materials, concrete waste, green waste and building materials is just the tip of the illegal dumping iceberg.

It can lead to such problems as the unsightly appearance to the city, vermin hazard and pollution to waterways.

Containers and tins and tyres can encourage mosquito breeding in water within them.

The cost for the removal of this rubbish without external assistance would have been $20,000, but with assistance the cost was $5000.

The council has been considering strategies to overcome the problem of illegal dumping and is considering mounting cameras and signage in strategic locations.



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