The back roads of Bundalong being used as an unofficial rubbish dump is an issue that is becoming a real concern according to residents.By Fiona Blick
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said she and her husband regularly take plastic bags with them when they go for their daily walk to pick up roadside rubbish but the situation is steadily getting worse.
“The rubbish left on the side of the roads surrounding our property have been building up so my husband and I went out with our tractor and loaded it up with all the refuse,” she said.
“A lot of the stuff we found could have been recycled or even taken straight to St Vinnies, there was no need for it to be left on the side of the road.
“The rubbish we collected in one afternoon filled our industrial waste bin and now we have to pay to get it removed.”
The resident said she wanted to know how often Moira Shire Council drives around to collect roadside rubbish that has been illegally dumped.
“We are paying for our own rubbish to be taken away with our rates and now, if we try to clear someone else’s rubbish, we have to pay for that as well,” she said.
Moira Shire’s Safety and Amenity Coordinator John Shaw said council’s Parks and Gardens teams collect illegally dumped rubbish from across the shire on a regular basis as part of their general maintenance work to improve the amenity of the shire.
“We are lucky that most people do the right thing and dispose of unwanted rubbish the correct way,” Mr Shaw said.
“It is an offence under the provision of the Environment Protection Act to dump any sort of rubbish anywhere other than a landfill or transfer station.
“Moira Shire Council operates nine Transfer Stations throughout the Shire which accept domestic quantities of household waste and recyclables.”
Mr Shaw said illegally dumped rubbish can by reported through the Environment Protection Authority litter reporting line by calling 1300 372 842 or online by going to www.epa.vic.gov.au.
“Should anyone have any information about the illegal dumping of rubbish they are asked to contact Moira Shire Council’s Safety and Amenity Department by calling (03) 5871 9222,” he said.
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