Council calls on community to help stop illegal dumping

Brisbane City Council is calling for a stop to the rubbishing of Brisbane bushland, as part of a new crackdown to catch and penalise people who are dumping their waste illegally.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council was keeping a watchful eye on 150 identified illegal dumping hotspots across Brisbane and warned those doing the wrong thing, they will be caught.

“Council is passionate about keeping our city clean, green and sustainable, and provides a range of services to help residents dispose of their waste responsibly, so there is absolutely no excuse for this disgraceful behaviour,” Cr Quirk said.

“A small number of people are continuing to rubbish our city and we want the community to help us play a part in putting a stop to these dirty culprits.

“Not only can residents help keep Brisbane a liveable and sustainable city for future generations by correctly disposing of their rubbish, but they can also help report illegal dumping so it can be investigated.

“Illegal dumping costs ratepayers around $800,000 each year to clean up – money that can’t be invested back into the community through grants, services or facilities.

“Illegal dumping is occurring weekly in more than 40 hotspots across these suburbs and wider Brisbane, and Council continues to monitor these areas using CCTV and regular patrols.

“In Brisbane, the top five suburbs for illegal dumping include Runcorn, Inala, Forest Lake, Coorparoo and Kuraby, and Council has received more than 970 reports of illegal dumping in the past financial year.”

Cr Quirk said Council had issued 21 fines and two warning notices across the same period.

“Council has been working hard reduce this damaging practice by educating residents, patrolling illegal dumping hotspots, installing and monitoring surveillance equipment and undertaking enforcement action,” he said.

“Council has more than 90 motion-activated cameras that can be installed at illegal dumping hot spots and are rotated to different locations and reviewed weekly.”

Cr Quirk urged residents could legally dispose of rubbish at Council’s four resource recovery centres and Nudgee, Chandler, Ferny Grove and Willawong.

“Council offers initiatives to help residents do the right thing such as free kerbside collection of large items, dedicated free hazardous household waste disposal days and free green-waste tipping days,” he said.