Rubbish dumping fee waived for weekend

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

IT is going to be absolute rubbish, or more to the point, it will be 'absolutely free' rubbish.

Each year Gladstone City Council opens the doors of the local refuse station on its annual free tip weekend and locals are only too happy to oblige.

Last year more than 2200 residents took the opportunity to dump unwanted rubbish during the free tip weekend.

The initiative helps to clear about 2500 cubic metres of waste from residential properties. This is more rubbish than could fit in the town pool.

This weekend it is on again.

Gladstone City Council environmental health officer Tom Border said each year thousands of locals lined up to rid their yards of unwanted rubbish.

However Mr Border admitted that the line of cars was getting fewer each year with the free tip weekend achieving its purpose and clearing the city of clutter.

'The first year was massive because people had stuff they had hung on to for years, but it is getting smaller because people now only have 12 months to accumulate the gear,' Mr Border said.

Mr Border said another interesting part of the weekend was the relatively new condition of some of the rubbish.

'Some of the stuff is new, still in the plastic. People have stuff they haven't used and decided that since it's free they'll get rid of it,' Mr Border said.

However, not all equipment can be disposed of for free this weekend, with tyres, fridges, freezers and air-conditioners attracting a fee because they have to be treated by council staff.

The free tip weekend will run tomorrow and on Sunday from 7am to 5.45pm.



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