Illegal rubbish dumps costly for residents



A MINORITY of Gladstone residents are turning the outskirts of the city into their private dumping ground.

Illegal dumping is costly for the council.

One bad spot is the Gretel Drive drain.

Household items, tyres, 44-gallon drums containing unknown substances, concrete, bottles and plastic materials have been dumped there.

City Council manager of Environmental Services Ron Doherty said the council had been considering its options.

'In the corporate plan the community gave feedback that something had to be done,' Ron Doherty said.

'The council is taking this matter seriously and different avenues are being considered.

'There is the possibility of even using video cameras in certain places,' he said.

The infringements for illegal dumping are a sliding scale starting at $150 for up to 20 litres of rubbish.

After that, from 20 to 200 litres, a $300 is imposed.

The maximum fine possible is $12,735.

There are 20 to 30 dumping hot spots around Gladstone.

Environmental Services leading hand Norm Kupke said there were various options for legal disposal.

'If anyone has a car body drained of oil, the council can give advice as to its disposal.'

Non-gas white goods and green waste can be taken to the transfer station free of charge.



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