END TIP CHARGES
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.