Four fined over ‘elephant size’ illegal dumping mess
FOUR people have been fined over illegal dumping on council land at Moranbah, in an area commonly used for walking dogs and bike riding.
Isaac Regional Council fined four offenders a total of $8540 following reports of the dumping along a dirt track at the end of Sarchedon Dr in October.
Council revealed a total of 15.86 tonnes – twice the weight of an average elephant – was disposed of.
Mayor Anne Baker praised the work of council officers and the community’s action in reporting illegal dumping activities.
“Well done everyone for providing useful information in tracing those responsible and a congratulations to our council team for actioning this swiftly,” she said.
“If you see it, report it and that will help us stop it. Let’s keep Isaac tidy.
“Illegal dumping is a crime.
“Any person found to be illegally dumping will be penalised because they are intentionally harming our Isaac region’s native flora, fauna, and beautiful landscapes that make the Isaac region home.”
Mrs Baker said most of the waste picked up from the location would have been free at the landfill gate.
“If the illegal dumpers would have disposed of these safely and respectfully it would have cost them about $500 at the gate, however, the clean-up, which did not include officer wages and time cost nearly $2000 to remove,” she said.
“Items that could be recycled are wasted, and the opportunity for reuse is lost.”
The heavy metal that was found, like the engine blocks, would have needed pre-treatment – draining of fluids like oil and coolant – and then charged at $57 per tonne, with about $3000 worth found, council reported.
There was also $190 worth of tyres found.
“Collective action is required to achieve this vision of keeping the Isaac region tidy,” Mrs Baker said.
“By committing to our own responsible stewardship of the materials we consume, we can lead by example starting at home and where we work.
“We can influence those around us — family, friends and neighbours — to act responsibly.”