Ian Price tips out a load of rubbish at the Alton Downs bin station yesterday. He is angry that outsiders are coming and abusing the facility.
Ian Price tips out a load of rubbish at the Alton Downs bin station yesterday. He is angry that outsiders are coming and abusing the facility. ALLAN REINIKKA

Dirty on grubs

ALTON Downs resident Ian Price is dirty with the Rockhampton people dumping rubbish at the Laurel Bank industrial bins.

Yesterday Mr Price spoke out after a weekend incident which he said was the latest in a long line of grubby acts that bin site abusers had been getting away with for too long.

This time, the dumpers didn’t even bother to put their rubbish in the bins.

“These blokes in a silver Holden ute started unloading their junk on the ground,” Ian said.

“The bins weren’t even full.

“These people are misusing the bins; they’re grubs.

“I’m no saint, but this is the height of laziness.”

Ian said he wasn’t having a go at the council, who had regularly sent contractors out to clean the bins and tidy the area.

But he fears authorities won’t put up with the abuse forever and if they close the site it would be locals like himself who would be the big losers.

“We don’t get collections out here, and if we did it would mean the rates going up,” Ian said.

“The current situation is costing ratepayers too.”

He said in the past access to the bins was restricted to designated days. Locals are keen to keep full access to the bins.

Chair of Rockhampton Regional Council’s Health and Regulatory Services Committee, Cr Tony Williams, said the waste transfer stations were meant to provide a waste disposal for people in remote areas who were outside the council’s kerbside waste collection areas and some distance from landfills.

“Whilst we can’t stop other residents using these transfer stations, an increase in use will mean that council will need to increase the frequency of servicing these facilities or increase their size and scale – either option will result in a flow-on cost to the entire community,” Cr Williams said.



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