Many dump their rubbish free
By MIKARLA THURECHT
ALMOST 2000 people flocked to the Rockhampton tip at the weekend to take advantage of the final days of free dumping.
While our thrifty dumpers failed to set a record this weekend, they did double the normal weekend traffic.
Brothers Robert and John Feddsen, of Gladstone, were just two of the dump goers who were happy to clean up and save.
The brothers were in Rockhampton for their mum's birthday on Saturday and couldn't resist cleaning up her shed.
Next time they visit the dump, however, they will have to pay.
From 6am today, residents and non-residents will need to shell out a few bucks to use the dump.
Rockhampton City Councillor Tony Williams said he was not surprised to hear that hundreds of residents had decided to have a winter clean-up instead of the usual spring purge.
Cr Williams said he hoped the council's new user-pays system would inspire people to recycle more.
"Hopefully Rockhampton will take it in their stride to look after the environment,'' he said.
"We'll be concentrating on the message of recycling.''
Cr Williams said Rockhampton residents were still tossing out two to three kilos of recyclable materials every week in their bins.
He said the council was still considering ways to make people recycle more, including introducing separate recycling wheelie bins, reducing general waste bins or offering a green waste voucher system.
Cr Williams said the council's hands had been tied to charge people and force them to take more responsibility.