Tyres dumped in scrub
Wednesday, 16th December, 2020
People are being urged to keep an eye out for tyres dumped illegally in the bush.
Council are urging residents to be vigilant after about 30 tonnes of tyres were illegally dumped in the regeneration area in two separate incidents over the last six months.
They picked up 17 tonnes of tyres from one bush site after a report from a concerned citizen last week, and 1200 tyres were found dumped in a huge heap during July.
“It’s absolutely disgusting, locals shouldn’t have to be confronted with sights like these when they’re out walking or enjoying nature,” Council’s Manager Sustainability, Waste and Works, Kathy Graham, said.
“Worst of all, tyres take up to 80 years to decompose and leach heavy metals and toxins into the soil, causing massive damage to the environment.”
She urged people to report dumping or suspicious behaviour to Council or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“If you see a truck or trailer loaded with tyres being driven into the bush we’d love to hear about it,” she said.
“We’d welcome any assistance in finding the culprits.”
Report small dumping incidents (under two trailer loads) to Council on 8080 3300, or contact the EPA Environment Line on 131 555 for large incidents (over two trailer loads).