Disgust at dump abusers
MAREEBA Council will slug businesses with extra charges to reduce the “shocking” number of mattresses being dumped at the Shire’s landfill.
During Wednesday’s council meeting councillors moved to charge for commercial operators to dump their mattresses at the Mareeba landfill.
Mareeba Shire Council mayor Tom Gilmore moved to put a charge of $25 per mattress for commercial operators.
Residents in the Mareeba Shire will not be charged as they pay a levy in their rates, but they will be required to produce their driver’s licence.
Cr Gilmore said they had done this because commercial operators in Cairns were bringing mattresses up the range and dumping them here free of charge.
“We are absolutely shocked and appalled that businesspeople in Cairns would sink so low as to take advantage of a situation in the Mareeba Shire,” he said.
“We can’t tolerate that and we will not. As of today it is $25 per mattress.
“They have been bringing truckloads of mattresses up from refurbished hotels and so on. Wherever they can find them, they are bringing them up here and we can’t accept that.”
He said mattresses were quite difficult to dispose of.
“The only way to do it is if you actually pull them apart,” he said.
“We either pull them apart at vast expense or we sacrifice air space within our waste facility and just bury the mattresses that are not compacted.
“This is for commercial operators both within our Shire and from outside the Shire.
“They will be charged at the gate, but Mareeba commercial operators hardly produce a mattress.”
Mareeba Shire Council CEO Peter Franks said earlier this week a whole truckload of mattresses came up the rangr and it only cost the dumper $49.
“Now we are going to charge them $25 per mattress” he said.
“You can fit up to 100 mattress depending on the size of the truck.
“The last truck was over 100 mattresses.”