Opinion

Editorial: Dumping wastes resources

By Shepparton News

It is disheartening to see a large number of tyres had been dumped along the side of the road in Shepparton earlier this week.

The News reported on the illegal dumping in yesterday’s edition, with large tyre piles reported in the Shepparton East and Lemnos areas.

Dumped along the sides of Boundary Rd, Northey Rd, New Dookie Rd and Lemnos Rd, the tyres provided an unsightly addition to the road.

Carelessly left, they were not only an eyesore, but also a waste of resources to clean up.

Greater Shepparton City Council reported the tyre piles had been removed by Wednesday afternoon, but not without the help of council staff, heavy vehicles and transport costs.

While dumping rubbish might seem like a quick solution for those involved, in doing so it wastes a substantial amount of time and money.

Illegal dumping costs the community more than $150000 each year, with organisations such as council, Parks Victoria and RiverConnect left to remove the mess and dispose of the unwanted goods and rubbish correctly.

While tyres were the items dumped on this occasion, a quick trip around town may unearth all kinds of other rubbish dumped, from small bags of unwanted goods to large household items, abandoned cars and hazardous waste.

So far this year council has received 200 reports of people dumping rubbish around the municipal area, meaning they are on track to receive about 400 reports by year’s end.

While it creates an eyesore, illegal dumping also impacts on water ways and native wildlife, creates situations where possibly hazardous materials are dumped on kerbs, and it does nothing to encourage strong recycling practises.

We as a community are left to carry the burden of a small number of people being lazy and doing the wrong thing.

There are plenty of ways people can legally dispose of their rubbish and we should be responsible for ensuring ourselves and those around us are doing this correctly.

Car, motorbike and go-kart tyres can be disposed of at the council’s transfer stations, starting from $5, while household items such as fridges and mattresses can be dropped off at a Resource Recovery Centre.

It is a simple step people should be taking to dispose of their unwanted goods in the correct manner.

We as a community should be doing the right thing and if we see someone doing otherwise, report them.