Strathbogie dumpers costing ratepayers

February 16, 2017

Shire of Strathbogie has admitted to spending almost $20000 last year to dispose of dumped rubbish throughout the municipality.

The Shire of Strathbogie is not immune to illegal roadside dumping with its council admitting it had to spend almost $20000 last year to dispose of dumped rubbish throughout the municipality.

‘‘It costs council staff about $16000 per year to collect the dumped rubbish and an additional $3000 to deliver the rubbish from the transfer stations to landfill,’’ a council spokesperson said.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the council wanted to do the right thing by its ratepayers and would like to put a stop to roadside dumping.

The cost details come after the council last month announced there had been ongoing investigations into the overall operations and efficiency of Euroa Transfer Station.

Changes to staffing at the station were made effective on January 30, and the council said it would continue to review the transfer station’s performance.

‘‘Thank-you to those community members who have come forward with their concerns, and we apologise to any customers who may have been inconvenienced by the service they have received,’’ council said.

But a council spokesperson said the dumped rubbish had no link to the recent Euroa Transfer Station staffing issues and illegal dumping happened right across the shire and within all municipalities.

The spokesperson said there had been no increase in illegal dumping during the past 12 months after the implementation of a green organics waste bin collection in 2015.

‘‘While most residents have taken to the new regime (organics waste), others have taken the drastic measures of dumping their landfill rubbish on the side of the road — all throughout the shire.

‘‘Long-term, it costs ratepayers more for illegal dumping than the ordinary waste collection service.’’

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