Blown away by mess at dump
A DISGUSTING mess confronted Southern Downs Regional Council staff earlier this week, with rubbish bins overflowing at the Forest Springs Waste Facility.
Council's environmental health manager Tim O'Brien said council staff were in disbelief when they were faced with bins that were filled with bulky items and other rubbish.
"As the photo shows, council staff found fencing wire, posts, scrap metal, weeds, boxes, bags of rubbish, plastic, tarpaulins and bottles in and around the bins," he said.
"The bulky items disposed at the Forest Springs facility should have been taken to Warwick or other waste facilities capable of handling these materials.
"What we find is that the bulky items fill up all the bins resulting in other users depositing their household waste on the ground.
"This constitutes illegal dumping and can result in infringement fines."
Mr O'Brien said council had advertised during the recent National Recycling Week and throughout the year about the items that can be placed in bins at unmanned waste facilities and there was very clear signage at all these facilities.
"We urge people to take heed and help everyone to keep our waste facilities clean and tidy," he said.
"Council has committed a lot of time and resources into upgrading the network of these facilities and we are all contributing to re-using materials, thereby saving items going into landfill.
"The clean-up at the Forest Springs Waste Facility will require a bobcat to clear up all the waste dumped outside of the bins and will also involve an additional pick-up by J.J.Richards."
Mr O'Brien said council this week also found tyres, tanks and a ute rack were thrown in the bins at the Greymare Waste Facility.
"Again these items need to go to manned facilities," he said.
"In the end the cost goes back to the community.
"Council had previously considered closing the Forest Springs facility in the past due to a series of incidents of illegal dumping and damage to the facility.
"At that time council appealed to the community to assist in addressing these issues and received strong support."