Brad Irwin is fed up with paying more to dump his green waste at Bargara than anywhere else in the region.
Brad Irwin is fed up with paying more to dump his green waste at Bargara than anywhere else in the region. Max Fleet

Mowing man rubbishes dumping cost

MOWING contractor Brad Irwin thinks it is rubbish he has to pay more to dump grass cuttings at the Qunaba tip near Bargara than at the main one in Bundaberg.

Mr Irwin, who runs A.M.I. Mowing, said dumping a load of grass at the Bundaberg site on University Drive cost him $5 a load.

However, dumping the same load at the Qunaba tip cost him $7.50 – 50% more.

Mr Irwin said he could not understand the discrepancy, given both facilities were run by the Bundaberg Regional Council.

“Surely the cost should be the same at both sites?” he said.

Mr Irwin said he deposited garden waste at the tip every day, and sometimes twice a day.

He has had to pass on the extra charge to customers because his business could not afford to absorb it.

“Our Bargara customers are getting charged more because we’re getting charged more to dump the grass out there,” he said.

“Business is pretty good at the moment because of the rain we’ve had; that’s why we’ve been going to the tip a lot lately.”

He said he had been involved with the business for four-and-a-half years and he was used to the charges going up “a bit” every financial year.

Head of the Bundaberg Regional Council Waste and Recycling portfolio and deputy mayor Tony Ricciardi said prices to dump garden waste depended on whether the load was just grass or if it included branches from trees or bushes.

He said the pricing was at the discretion of the person on the gate at the time, but the situation would be checked to ensure council policy was being followed.

But Cr Ricciardi said it was worth pointing out that charges at the Bundaberg dumping sites were among the cheapest of all the nearby councils.



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