Burdekin Great Northern Clean Up removes almost 4 tonnes of rubbish from river

Bed frames, mattresses, vertical blinds, hot water systems, tyres and roofing iron were among almost four tonnes of rubbish removed from the Burdekin River bed, the site of Sunday’s Burdekin Great Northern Clean Up.

Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy thanked all who came to help.

Mr Mulcahy said although there were only 13 people turn up to help at the Clean Up, the event could be called a success due to the amount of illegally dumped rubbish collected.

“There were only a few helpers, but they managed to collect almost four tonnes of rubbish in just a couple of hours, which was a great effort,” he said.

“I’d like to especially thank Jim Breadsell for bringing his tractor loader down, it made the collection of the rubbish a lot easier.

“Imagine how much more could have been removed if more people had taken the time to help.”

Mr Mulcahy said the pile of rubbish was picked up and taken to the Kirknie Road Landfill by Council today.

“It’s amazing what sort of items were found and the effort people must have gone to when they dumped it here in the first place,” he said.

“Most of the items found illegally dumped would have not cost the dumper anything if they had taken it to our waste transfer stations or to the Kirknie Road Landfill.

“Cars can be taken for free to a wrecking yard, sorted household waste is free at our waste transfer stations and the fees for unsorted waste are minimal.

“It’s very disappointing to see this sort of rubbish being dumped in the river bed.”

Mr Mulcahy said residents should check Council’s website using the following link or contact the Customer Service Centre for details of what was free to take to the Shire’s waste transfer stations.

More information about waste disposal.

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