Rubbish dumped on the side of Batchlers Rd in North Bundaberg.
Rubbish dumped on the side of Batchlers Rd in North Bundaberg. Scottie Simmonds

Roadside used as a dump

A PERSON who left a load of household rubbish on the side of a road in North Bundaberg has caused outrage in the community.

Somebody was apparently so upset they left a note on some of the rubbish, directing authorities to who they thought might be responsible.

Kari Langve, who lives in the area and often walks her dog on Batchlers Rd, where the rubbish was dumped, said it was disappointing.

"I often walk my dog there because it's sort of in the country, and then we have to see this," she said.

Ms Langve, who saw the rubbish on Thursday, said she had noticed other cases of illegal dumping.

"I'm noticing it more now," she said.

Deputy Mayor Tony Ricciardi, who is responsible for the Bundaberg Regional Council's waste and recycling portfolio, said all the council's tips were open and he did not understand why people would dump rubbish on the side of the road.

"There's no need for it," he said.

"There's been no increase in the fees for taking household rubbish to the tip."

Cr Ricciardi said he was disappointed to hear about the dumping.

But he said the council could investigate if someone had information about who had done it, and there were stiff penalties.

"It's not a good look for the city," he said.

"But most people do the right thing."

Cr Ricciardi said another growing problem was people dumping waste at charity bins in the city.

"People are starting to see these bins as tips because they're lazy," he said.

A council spokeswoman said health and environment director Greg Savage went to inspect the situation on Friday afternoon, and council workers had taken away the rubbish.

She said it would have cost only $5 to dump the rubbish at one of the council's tips.

"If anyone sees people dumping rubbish illegally, they should report it to the council and we will investigate," she said.



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