Council calls for help to stop illegal dumping

Yvette Luckock posted this photo of illegal dumping in the Gladstone region, on The Observer's Facebook page.
Yvette Luckock posted this photo of illegal dumping in the Gladstone region, on The Observer's Facebook page. Yvette Luckock

GLADSTONE Regional Council is calling for residents to help as it battles to stop to illegal dumping in the Gladstone region.

During the 2013/14 financial year, council received 200 reports of illegal dumping.

Environment portfolio spokesman Col Chapman said illegal dumping placed a considerable financial and resource burden on council and the community, creating serious environmental impacts.

"Council's vision is to create a region free from litter and illegal dumping," Cr Chapman said.

"To achieve this we need community assistance to not only do the right thing when it comes to disposing of their rubbish, but report those who do the wrong thing."

Illegal dumping is an ongoing problem in the region, with offenders dumping their rubbish on private land, road reserves, parkland, bushland and in state forest.

The majority of incidents involve the dumping of general domestic waste, household and personal items, green waste, car bodies and batteries, tyres, whitegoods, old furniture, mattresses, bikes, steel, clothing and toys.

These items can be disposed of for free or minimal cost at council's waste management facilities.

Illegal dumping can be reported to council by phoning 4970 0700 or by selecting the 'Report an Issue' app located on the left hand side of council's Facebook page.

Five surveillance cameras are operated by council in key dumping hot spots across the region.

If caught, offenders can face fines ranging from $227 to $2277 for individuals and from $1138 to $8538 for corporations.

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