Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Strathbogie Shire Council has had to pay almost $20,000 in the last year to collect and properly dispose of dumped rubbish throughout the municipality.
Council have discovered some residents have dumped their landfill rubbish on the side of the road throughout the Shire.
It costs Council staff about $16,000 per year to collect the dump rubbish and an additional $3000 to deliver the rubbish from the transfer stations to landfill.
Strathbogie Shire would like to remind residents of the following points:
• Dumping of rubbish on our roadsides (or in parks and vacant blocks) costs the shire around $20,000 each year.
• Dumping is not only illegal, but it is also dangerous for our communities. Particularly when pets and small children are around – not to mention what it does to the environment.
• Recycling is the best option and many ‘op shops’ and charity shops would welcome unwanted (safe) furniture and goods to sell and benefit others in our community needing help.
• Long-term, it costs ratepayers more for illegal dumping than the ordinary waste collection service.
• These are our towns and our communities, if we don’t say or do something – who will?
Mayor Amanda McClaren said Strathbogie Shire wants to be a leader in waste management.
"We have pride in every town in our Shire and each and every resident should remember the importance of disposing of their waste items and not damaging the environment," she said.
"We take pride in the beauty of our Shire, as it attracts people far and wide to visit and stay in the region.
"Council wants to do the right thing by its ratepayers and would like to put a stop to roadside dumping."
For the waste depot opening hours, as well as fees and charges, go to http://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/residents/roads-rates-a-rubbish/waste-depot-opening-hours.
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