Hard rubbish dumping an 'enormous' issue, Murray Bridge council hears; fee-free days at Brinkley waste station one solution

The "enormous" problem of rubbish being dumped on roadsides may need more than one solution, Murray Bridge's councillors believe.

At a meeting on Tuesday night, Cr Andrew Baltensperger asked council staff to consider introducing free hard rubbish dumping days at the Brinkley waste station.

He described illegal dumping as a "continuous and insidious" problem.

"Holding a free dump day or two, or more, may entice more people to actually utilise (the) expensive facility at Brinkley, thereby possibly alleviating at least some potential dumping from occurring," he said.

Holding a free dump day or two, or more, may entice more people to actually utilise (the) expensive facility at Brinkley.

Cr Andrew Baltensperger

Anyone who leaves waste at the Brinkley depot must pay a fee of up to $136 per trailer-load, plus extra fees for mattresses, gas cylinders and tyres.

The council's chief executive officer, Michael Sedgman, said it would be premature to introduce free dumping days when staff were already planning to start a household hard waste collection service.

But Cr Airlie Keen said multiple approaches were needed to reduce dumping in rural communities.

"On my road I encountered an entire ceiling's worth of burnt insulation," she said.

"If you see someone coming down my road with an empty trailer, I go up the road to see what they've dumped.

"There has been a washing machine ... it's a huge problem."

Mayor Brenton Lewis commended councillors for taking such a strong stance on the issue, saying it was "fantastic" that $200,000 had been allocated to the upcoming hard rubbish collection service in the council's 2017-18 budget.

The service will collect waste from all households in the district, including those outside townships, when it begins within the next year.

Collection will be by request during a period of four to six weeks.

The plan was approved by councillors in October.

File photo.

File photo.