Don’t risk a penalty – know your options for waste disposal

Friday, 17 November 2017

Council is investigating two instances of illegal waste dumping at sites within the Borough of Queenscliffe.

“It is important for our ratepayers and visitors to the Borough to be aware of their responsibilities with regards to waste management,” said Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, Cr Tony Francis.

“Improper disposal of waste can lead to the issuing of an infringement notice or a fine, or a summons to appear before a Magistrate in Court.”

A substantial amount of green waste dumped at the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve was discovered by Green Army volunteers when they commenced work to clean up the site in early November. Later in November, Council officers were made aware of large amounts of rubbish that have been dumped illegally in Lawrence Road, Point Lonsdale.

Council supplies all properties within the Borough of Queenscliffe with a recycling and general waste bin for weekly collection and a green waste bin for collection three times per year. All green waste, including green waste from native planting, should be disposed of in the green waste bin or, if the amount exceeds the bin’s capacity, taken to the Resource Recovery Centre and Transfer Station at Becks Road, Drysdale.

If you are unsure about how best to dispose of domestic, garden or other rubbish please refer to the Recycling and Waste page of Council’s website, www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au, or call Council’s offices on 5258 1377 to discuss appropriate options for waste disposal.

“Collection of illegally dumped waste creates an unnecessary extra cost which ultimately affects our ratepayers. Anybody who observes dumping of illegal waste is encouraged to call the 24-hour EPA Pollution Hotline on 1300 372 842 or contact the Borough of Queenscliffe Local Law Enforcement team,” said Cr Francis.