Do you know that over $110,000 in fines was collected from Brisbane residents for illegal dumping in the last financial year? Unfortunately, Chermside has the most number of illegal dumping incidents, despite Council’s kerbside collection, along with Forest Lake, Sunnybank Hills, Carindale, Willawong and Inala.
As a result, the Council is keeping a sharp eye on Chermside to prevent illegal dumping. While the fines collected have been substantial, it is still not enough to cover for Council expenses for cleaning up the rubbish residents dump anywhere.
On average, Council spends $500,000 a year to clean up sites where illegal dumping is rampant.
“Every dollar spent cleaning up their mess is money that could be invested back into the community and spent on things like footpaths, parks or roads,” Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said.
“I encourage residents to correctly dispose of their rubbish and warn them that if you do the wrong thing, you will be caught, and fined.
Mr Schrinner also reminded residents that Council provides free kerbside collections regularly and there are avenues for which hazardous waste can be disposed of.
“There really is no excuse for residents to be illegally dumping anywhere in Brisbane.”
On Monday, the 2nd of Sept 2019, at 6:00 a.m. the Council will once again have its kerbside collection in Chermside. As of this writing, residents still have a few more days to gather acceptable items to be picked up by collectors.
If you include unacceptable items on your kerbside pile, the collectors will leave these behind. You could be fined if these are not removed within a week after the kerbside collection. So, be careful NOT to put these out for the pick-up:
- bricks and concrete
- commercial builders waste
- car parts and tyres, including car batteries
- dirt and stones
- garden waste (e.g. trees, grass, potted plants)
- gas bottles
- general household waste (e.g. food scraps)
- glass and mirrors
- hazardous wastes (e.g. chemicals, oil, asbestos)
- household waste that normally goes into your waste or recycling bin
Instead, make arrangements with waste reduction and recycling facilities to dispose of these unacceptable items properly. Phone Council at 07 3403 8888 for enquiries