END TIP CHARGES

Ellenbrook Advocate - - OPINION -

IT is no won­der that rub­bish is dumped in the bush. When I was a child, it was com­mon for peo­ple to drive “up to the Hills” to dump rub­bish and leave it by the road­side or in a patch of bush­land.

It was not so long ago that the bri­dle paths in the Hills were “dec­o­rated” with a dumped car or two.

Dur­ing the 50s and 60s a se­ries of rub­bish tips was de­vel­oped and it be­came more the cus­tom to take junk to the tip, quite a so­cial out­ing re­ally. It be­came ob­vi­ous that if you make it easy for res­i­dents to dis­pose of rub­bish in the ap­pro­pri­ate place then they will do so.

Then lo­cal gov­ern­ments in­tro­duced the idea that they could make money by charg­ing peo­ple to leave rub­bish at tips. They even de­cided to make ex­tra charges for ob­nox­ious rub­bish such as oil drums and as­bestos. The in­evitable re­sult is that road­side dump­ing has re­sumed.

The cost of clear­ing il­le­gally dumped rub­bish out of the bush and away from road­sides must in­evitably negate the in­come from charg­ing to use tips for par­tic­u­larly of­fen­sive ma­te­rial.

Re­mov­ing charges for us­ing tips is the only way that this prac­tice can be elim­i­nated. Name and ad­dress supplied.

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