The Bargara community has raised concerns over the amount of McDonalds rubbish littering their coastal town - this photo shows litter at the Bargara basin. Photo Leah Kidd / NewsMail
The Bargara community has raised concerns over the amount of McDonalds rubbish littering their coastal town - this photo shows litter at the Bargara basin. Photo Leah Kidd / NewsMail Leah Kidd

McLitter disgusts Bargara community

ONLY days after McDonald's opened in Bargara, community members are raising concerns over the amount of the restaurant's food wrappings which litterbugs are dropping.

The fast food franchise was open just one day when a concerned community member took to Facebook group Bargara Facebookers, posting a photo of some discarded containers and wrappings and voicing his concerns.

The post drew nearly 120 responses from concerned residents.

He said McDonald's had "the same number of bins" across all its restaurants in the region.

"There's certainly no reason why we'd have a different number; we've got probably four or five," he said.

But when the NewsMail counted the bins at the Bargara and city McDonald's, this was not the case.

While the Targo St McDonald's had a total of 11 bins (six outside and five inside), Bargara McDonald's had six bins in total (five outside and one inside).

Bargara councillor Greg Barnes said there were a lack of bins on the foreshore too.

He said rubbish was "crammed" into the top of bins and was creating a real issue.

Cr Barnes said the council needed to provide more bins in Bargara or have them emptied more often.

He said claims from the community that this was why McDonald's shouldn't have been built in the first place were invalid.

"You can't knock back an application based on the fact that their clients might be grubs," he said.

And while Cr Barnes said the council could issue on-the-spot find of up to $2200, it was difficult to enforce.

Bundaberg police senior constable Dave Didsman said littering could land people in court.

"You get summoned to go to court under the Environmental Protection Act," he said.

Depending of the seriousness of the act, littering carried a penalty of up to $83,000.



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