That?s a load of rubbish
WAS it a case of collective clean-up consciousness or was something else afoot at the waste transfer station in Bellingen on the weekend?
Whatever it was, it meant skip bins, which were emptied of 1.5-tonnes of rubbish on Friday, were overflowing by noon on Sunday.
It certainly had Bellingen Council's manager of waste services, Bob Burgess, puzzled.
"There have been some problems and a few weeks ago we had the collection service increased to twice weekly," Mr Burgess said.
"Since then it's been fine, so I don't know what happened this time."
Mr Burgess said he was looking into the situation and speculated commercial waste might have been incorrectly dumped there.
"Any commercial quanti- ties of recycling or rubbish should be going to Raleigh, not the transfer station in Bellingen. With the festive season ahead of us this issue needs to be addressed quickly," he said.
Lee Beckett from Handybin Waste Services, the collection service in Coffs Harbour, confirmed the skips had been emptied prior to the weekend.
"That's a phenomenal amount of material to arrive in a short time," he said.
"It must have caught everyone by surprise."
Bellingen is due to have a new transfer station in March next year.
With two massive 30-cubic-metre bins, problems such as these should become a thing of the past . . . or as Mr Burgess put it: 'The whole of Bellingen could fit into these bins!