Bass Coast,
29
October
2014
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23:53
Australia/Melbourne

Illegal Dumpings Cost Ratepayers

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Households that don’t take responsibility for their waste continue to cost Bass Coast ratepayers, with items that would have cost as little as $3 to dispose of legally dumped in public places recently.

Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, said costs for Bass Coast Shire Council to pick up and dispose of illegal dumpings can be up to 20 times the amount to dispose of the waste correctly.

“By the time Council pays labour and fuel for a two person crew and truck to go and collect dumped waste as well as the disposal costs, removing small piles of dumping costs Council and the wider community at least $120 every time,” Cr Rankine said.

“For litter removal jobs in areas further away from the Council depots, like Grantville and Pioneer Bay, the minimum litter removal cost per job is more like $175.”

Cr Rankine said one household might save a few dollars by illegal dumping, but dumping ends up costing the whole community.

“Unfortunately, just like households out there, Council can’t spend money twice; once money has been spent it means there is less money available for other projects.

“I think a lot of people in the community are not aware of how much waste can actually be disposed without charge.

We often see hard waste items like plastic kids toys, whitegoods, metal bed frames or garbage bags full of recyclable cans or bottles; however anything made of metal or solid plastic can be recycled for free.”

Households have many options to cut their waste disposal costs.

The easiest way is to keep recyclables separate from non-recyclables, making it easy for Transfer Station attendants to see what can be recycled and dropped off without any fees.

Residents are also encouraged to donate good quality items to local charities, friends or neighbours.

For information on Council’s waste facilities and disposal charges, or to report illegal dumping, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/waste or call Council on 1300BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.