The Brisbane City Council (BCC) and the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) consider pollution from illegal dumping of kerbside waste to be a problem, as indicated in a report published by the EHP. This kerbside waste typically consists of green waste, mattresses and other old household goods.
As the owner of 4 Waste Walk-In Skip Bins, a company that provides rubbish removal in Brisbane, I’ll take this opportunity today to list some of the little-known facts about rubbish removal in Brisbane. This is going to be the first of two articles – there are many facts that you should be aware of.
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1. Costs associated with rubbish removal
In Brisbane alone, half a million dollars are spent every year in cleaning out illegally dumped kerbside waste. While the Gold Coast City Council spends a million dollars cleaning out kerbside dumping, local governments in NSW spend over $10 million in removing dumped waste from landfills.
2. What people think of the illegal dumping of kerbside waste
In online surveys conducted by the EHP, only 5% of people admitted to dumping kerbside waste illegally. However, 14% of the respondents consider it acceptable to place old household goods on the kerbside.
The main reasons for the illegal dumping of kerbside waste, according to the survey, were laziness (40%), avoiding costs (18%), leaving goods for someone else (13%) and no other alternative (13%). These numbers may not indicate the entire Brisbane population, but they show what most Brisbane residents think of the illegal dumping of kerbside waste.
3. Dumping suburbs in Brisbane South
Illegal dumping of kerbside waste happens across every suburb in Brisbane South and beyond. However, some suburbs see much more dumping of waste as compared to others. While Darra, Moorooka, Yeerongpilly, Yeronga and Sunnybank see the highest amount of dumping, Parkinson, Forest Lake, Graceville and Algester see the lowest amount of waste dumping in Brisbane.
4. Income and employment across dumping suburbs in Brisbane
The income of Brisbane residents varies as we move from lower-dumping suburbs to higher-dumping suburbs. While the overall distribution is more or less comparable, 29% of people in high-dumping suburbs have a low income compared to 23% in low-dumping suburbs. This statistic indicates that income in the lower dumping suburbs is higher than the income in the higher dumping suburbs. Concerning employment, more people in lower-dumping suburbs are employed as compared to people in the higher-dumping suburbs.
Illegal dumping of kerbside waste has been identified to be a growing problem by the BCC and the EHP. According to a report released by the EHP, over $0.5 million is spent every year cleaning out illegally dumped kerbside waste. The Gold Coast City Council spends over $1 million every year cleaning out illegally dumped landfill waste. While most people attribute laziness as the number one reason for the illegal dumping of waste, avoiding costs and lack of alternatives are also reasons behind illegal kerbside waste disposal. Brisbane South includes high-dumping suburbs (Darra, Moorooka, Yeerongpilly, Yeronga and Sunnybank) and low-dumping suburbs (Parkinson, Forest Lake, Graceville and Algester). People living in lower-dumping suburbs enjoy higher income and more employment than those in higher-dumping suburbs.
To ensure that you don’t engage in illegal dumping of kerbside waste in Brisbane, count on our rubbish removal services at 4 Waste Walk-In Skip Bins. When you hire a skip bin from us, you won’t have to wait for kerbside collection or be tempted to dump it illegally. We’ll ensure that your rubbish is treated in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner.
To hire our rubbish removal services in Brisbane South, get in touch with us today! We service the entire southside region, including the suburbs of Parkinson, Forest Lake, Mansfield, Moorooka, Wynnum, and Holland Park, to name a few.