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Whitsunday Regional Council is appealing to residents that utilise rural transfer/satellite waste stations not to illegally dump.
Whitsunday Regional acting Mayor Cr John Collins said that during the Christmas/New Year period there had been continual problems at these rural transfer/satellite stations with illegal dumping and misuse of the facilities.
“The latest occurred last week at Wilson’s Beach Transfer Station with a large amount of hard waste including rollers doors, roofing and a truckload of fibro being illegally dumped.
“The previous weeks we had several similar issues at Gumlu and Euri Creek while we receive regular reports of illegal dumping at the Dingo Beach/Hydeaway Bay transfer facility.
“Photos taken by officers show large volumes of illegally dumped waste at sites including demolition waste, mattresses, boats, tyres, furniture and electrical goods such as fridges.
“The green waste area is also being contaminated with material other than green waste.
“The clean-up bill for this illegal dumping costs our ratepayers a lot of money,” he said.
“Dingo Beach Transfer Station is not a dump for everyone’s junk.”
Cr Collins said the skips are provided for local residents to get their rid of household waste, which ends up at Kelsey Creek Landfill.
“Whilst it is difficult to identify the culprits of this illegal dumping Council would consider remote surveillance at these sites.
“The majority of residents are using the transfer station responsibly to dispose of day to day household waste,” he said.
Residents are reminded that council’s manned waste stations cater for these large bulky items or hard waste and full details of these sites are on council’s website.
If you spot someone dumping illegally you can report them to the State Government’s Illegal Dumping Online Reporting System – see https://report-littering-dumping.ehp.qld.gov.au/ for details.