Beach ‘dump zone’
COW Bay residents are fed up with being regularly confronted with the sight and smell of full bins spilling over and stray dogs and wild pigs spreading the rubbish around at their local beach.
The Daintree community have called on council to take action over the “public health concern” and complain it gets worse this time of year with an increase in campers and holidaymakers.
Concerned resident David Cooper said last Friday the bins had been emptied and by Monday morning they were overflowing again.
“I’ve complained to council and they’ve come back to me and assured me things would change and they would service the bins three times a week but that’s not happening,” he said.
“Tourists are coming from all over the world and we’ve got bins overflowing and flies and here we have wild pigs that dig at it and dogs and it gets spread, it’s a mess.
“The depositors of the garbage don’t throw it around, everything’s bagged and stacked, you’ve got to give them credit,
“It’s all right for locals, we’ve got a local tip and know where it is.”
There are two wheelie bins at Cow Bay Beach and council’s waste and environment manager Debra Mackeen said they had increased it to four but two were stolen.
“Originally there were two bins located at Cow Bay on a twice weekly collection, these bins were not removed by council, however, went missing earlier this year,” she said.
“These were replaced and an additional two bins were supplied on a three times per week collection schedule.
“Two days ago we were advised that one of the bins had gone missing and today we have been advised that a further bin has been taken.
“There is evidence to suggest that there is domestic waste being placed in and around these bins, whilst there is a waste transfer station, with full recycling facilities not far away in Cow Bay.
“This is further supported by the fact that the volume of waste material did not decrease significantly during the wet season.
“For this reason the placement of a larger skip bin would service only to provide free disposal in larger amounts.”
Council has committed to replacing the two missing bin and chaining the four bins together.
“The collection schedule will remain at three times per week and the monitoring of these bins will be strengthened,” Ms Mackeen said.
Ready for collection: The bins at Cow Bay Beach