DUMPED: Rubbish and household items illegally dumped in the Clarence Valley.
DUMPED: Rubbish and household items illegally dumped in the Clarence Valley. Clarence Valley Council

Illegal dumping complete and utter rubbish for Valley

HAVE you come across piles of rubbish and discarded furniture strewn along the roadside lately?

The issue of illegal dumping is a serious issue in the Clarence Valley as lazy residents choose to keep Australia putrid instead of doing the right thing and disposing of waste properly.

Clarence Valley Council senior waste and sustainability officer Richard Roper said most councils on the North Coast struggled with illegal dumping.

"Especially in the Christmas period, it just goes crazy," Mr Roper said.

"It's certainly a big issue and it costs council a lot of money and staff time. It's becoming more and more of a problem."

 

Examples of illegal dumping in the Clarence Valley provided by Clarence Valley Council.
Examples of illegal dumping in the Clarence Valley provided by Clarence Valley Council. Clarence Valley Council

 

Clarence Valley dumping hotspots

  • Carrs Drive, Yamba
  • Carrs Peninsula Road, Junction Hill 
  • Boat ramp, Orara Road, Eatonsville 
  • Poley Bridge, Rushforth Road, Elland 
  • McPherson Crossing Bridge, Armidale Road, Coutts Crossing
Examples of illegal dumping in the Clarence Valley provided by Clarence Valley Council.
Examples of illegal dumping in the Clarence Valley provided by Clarence Valley Council. Clarence Valley Council

To help tackle the issue, the council has received a grant from the NSW EPA for an illegal dumping officer who also works across Ballina and the Richmond Valley council areas.

"For our area, he's trying to assist us with the first stages and get our reporting system in place," Mr Roper said.

"We're looking at procedures to try and curb dumping through education programs and signage. We've also got cameras to put up to monitor illegal dumping hotspots."

Clarence Valley Council holds one kerbside collection for each residential address per year. Mr Roper said this was not the only solution to the problem.

"Every year we've done the collection the amounts of waste have risen dramatically. I don't think doing any more (will fix the issues), we will just get a lot more material and I don't think that's the answer," he said.

"We need strategies to educate people that it's just not acceptable to drive down the lane and dump rubbish.

"There is no silver bullet for it, a lot of councils are struggling with it."

Report illegal dumping here.

Kerbside dumping for pickup months only!

THE Daily Examiner has noticed a growing trend of residents deciding to use their kerbside as a perpetual dumping ground.

Our readers regularly express their displeasure on our 'Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down' discussion thread on Facebook.

"Thumbs down to people putting rubbish out on kerbsides... they should be fined unless it's in the pickup months!" Kerry Beadman Paton posted this week.

Residents have also taken to social media this week to name and shame people leaving campsites trashed.

Report illegal dumping here.

Council has its hands full with crappy issue

REPORTS of human faeces, toilet paper and rubbish left by people sleeping in cars at popular Lower Clarence locations has the Clarence Valley Council stumped for a solution.

As the popularity of 'van life' continues to grow across Australia as a cheap, alternative way to travel, so too are the number of visitors parking overnight at Yamba's Pippi Beach carpark and Green Point at Angourie.

>> RELATED STORY: Carpark use raises stink for residents

While it is frowned upon by councils due to the mess some people leave behind, it is not illegal, leaving little recourse.

Clarence Valley Council's director of environment, planning and community Des Schroder said the council had been working with surrounding areas to try and come up with a solution, with little success.

"The bottom line is that it's an issue right up and down coast, and none of us have the answer," he said.

"We have got the rangers going out every morning and asking them to move on... but it's been shown a regulatory approach is not the answer. All we can do is fine them $150 and 70% of them are foreign backpackers and don't pay."

The trouble with shooing away backpackers is that they are also a big income source for the community, with each one spending $70-100 every day.

Mr Schroder said they would have to start looking at new approaches in the council's search for a solution.

"The main issue people have is where they go to the toilet, so for us the question is do we open public facilities at night? Do we look for a dedicated site? It's a debate council needs to start having," he said.

"Some people say don't encourage them but they're coming anyway. The council is continuing to work on a solution."      



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