Dis­gust at dump abusers

Tablelands Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.”

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