Four months' worth of green waste in a week


WIND speeds of up to 150km/h ripped though Bund­aberg in last Tues­day’s storm, caus­ing wide­spread dam­age.

Houses lost their roofs, power lines were downed and hun­dreds of trees up­rooted and snapped.

The enor­mity of the num­ber of trees blown over in the storm can now be seen at the Bund­aberg and Bar­gara tips.

Yes­ter­day Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil Waste and Re­cy­cling port­fo­lio spokesman Cr Scott Rowle­son showed off the mas­sive pile of green waste amassed at the Bund­aberg waste fa­cil­ity.

A pile of bro­ken trees al­most 100m long and 5m high is steadily grow­ing at the site.

Cr Rowle­son said in the five days fol­low­ing the storm, 2800 tonnes of green waste had been dumped at Bund­aberg re­gion waste fa­cil­i­ties.

“The mam­moth amount of green waste dis­posed of in the clean-up of storm de­bris is ac­tu­ally equal to one third of the an­nual ton­nage coun­cil would usu­ally re­ceive,” Cr Rowle­son said.

Driv­ing around the sub­urbs there is still a lot of trees to be re­moved from park­land and back yards and Cr Rowle­son ex­pects the large pile to in­crease in size.

“With free dis­posal of green waste only con­tin­u­ing un­til Novem­ber 26, we ex­pect this fig­ure to grow sig­nif­i­cantly in the next two weeks.”

Cr Rowle­son said with a high vol­ume of traf­fic at most waste fa­cil­i­ties over the week­end, the pa­tience of res­i­dents us­ing the fa­cil­i­ties was ap­pre­ci­ated.

“While we ex­pect traf­fic num­bers to re­duce over the com­ing weeks, we rec­om­mend res­i­dents plan for slight de­lays dur­ing this clean-up pe­riod,” he said.

The free dis­posal of green waste only at Bund­aberg re­gion waste fa­cil­i­ties was ex­tended by Mayor Jack Dempsey due to the large amount of waste on the ground.

“How­ever, the two-week ex­ten­sion ap­plies to green waste only,” Cr Dempsey said.

Other gen­eral waste will not be ex­cepted for free dis­posal.

Cr Rowle­son re­minded res­i­dents not to con­tam­i­nate their green waste with other ma­te­rial such as as­bestos or steel.


STORM DAM­AGE: Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil waste co­or­di­na­tor David Zorzan and Cr Scott Rowle­son with the mas­sive pile of green waste dumped at Bund­aberg tip af­ter storms last week.


Cr Scott Rowle­son is ask­ing peo­ple not to con­tam­i­nate their green waste.

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