Ratepayers footing rubbish bill
ILLEGAL roadside dumping is costing Lismore ratepayers tens of thousands of dollars every week to clean up.
“It is unacceptable,” Lismore City Council’s waste and water education officer Kevin Trustum said.
“Every few days another site (of illegal dumping) isreported.”
One site at Monaltrie rec-ently cost $2500 to remove the rubbish, which included concrete, tyres, household waste, furniture and timber; while another dumping site at Dun-oon came with a $600 price tag for ratepayers.
To combat the growing problem, Lismore council recently adopted a radical approach of leaving the rubbish at sites for about a week to educate the public.
“Council is using special barrier tape and installing signs on the dumped waste,” Mr Trustum said.
Special information cards will be also dropped in letter boxes of neighbours seeking information about the illegal dumping.
Mr Trustum said individuals could receive on-the-spot fines of up to $1500, with companies facing fines of up to $5000.
“Residents are reminded that it is illegal to dump, or permit to be dumped, any waste, rubbish or soil products on private or public land, unless it is a licensed landfill site,” Mr Trustum said.
“If you see any illegal dumping of rubbish on roadsides or in public places, please note the registration number of any vehicles and a description of the persons involved and immediately call the Lismore City Council Waste Hotline on 1300 878 387. The hotline operates 24 hours a day.”