It’s not a dump, it’s a green waste ‘honesty system’
WHEN is a dump not really a dump?
When Cairns Regional Council ignores blatant signs to the contrary, apparently.
A “green waste honesty system” established on a vacant block off the Captain Cook Highway just south of Port Douglas is charging “honest” users $11 per trailer load or $22 for trucks to dump rubbish on the site.
A sign nailed to a tree at the defacto dump reads: “Our survival depends on your honesty. Please fill out the receipt book on entry.”
Despite the evidence indicating the site is being used as a private dumping ground for commercial benefit, which is against the law without a permit, council has advised a neighbour who complained that the use of the land for unlawful disposal/processing “appear to be unfounded”.
Council’s development control officer Greg Spencer informed the complainant that the owner of the property had engaged a contractor to remove green waste from several of his other properties “to place it on this particular lot and then on a regular and infrequent basis, mulch that green waste for reuse back on those other properties”.
“There is no commercial gain by the landowner in this instance with the use,” Mr Spencer said.
“The unauthorised dumping of waste on these lots is not able to be readily policed by the landowner.
“The landowner has provided formal advice to council that no person has his authority or implied permission to dump any waste on that lot.”
Mr Spencer said on Monday inquiries about the origins of the sign would be conducted immediately but “in any event, the signage present will be withdrawn immediately”.
As readers can plainly see, the sign was still there on Tuesday afternoon.