Bulk bins will be stationed at three of the Burdekin’s busiest boat ramps for community use during the Easter school holidays.
Burdekin Shire Council will place the bins at Plantation, Ocean and Cromarty Creek boat ramps for the benefit of community members using the creeks for fishing and recreational purposes.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said it followed a successful trial of the bins in the Easter 2017 school holidays.
“Fishing is a popular pastime in the Burdekin and every Easter our boat ramps attract families and fishers from across the Shire and beyond,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“In trialling the bins last year, we found that they were generally used correctly and responsibly by residents and visitors frequenting our creeks.
“In providing these bins again during Easter 2018, Council aims to not only provide a beneficial service to recreational creek users but also to deter community members and visitors who frequent these areas from illegal rubbish dumping.
“Illegally dumped rubbish not only creates an eyesore but can damage the environment and costs ratepayers who are left with the clean-up bill.”
Bulk bins were previously located at the boat ramps on an ongoing basis, but had to be removed after vandalism and illegal dumping in and around them.
Cr McLaughlin said it was important that they were not abused during the Easter holidays. “These bins will be for general household waste only and are not suitable for furniture, tyres, hazardous waste or construction and demolition waste,” she said.
Council will inspect the bins regularly to ensure the service is not being misused and the area is kept clean. People using the bins are asked to wrap waste in a manner that minimises odour.
“We anticipate the bins will be emptied weekly, so if the bin is full we are asking people to contact Council to let us know,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“We would also appreciate calls from the public to report any illegal dumping.”
For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.