Councillor Trevor Nardi deposits rubbish at the Riverview recycling and refuse centre.
Councillor Trevor Nardi deposits rubbish at the Riverview recycling and refuse centre. David Nielsen

Big Brother watches over dump

CITIZENS of Ipswich beware! Big Brother is watching you – even when you're at the dump.

Ipswich City Council has installed a sophisticated surveillance system at the Riverview recycling and refuse centre to stop waste cheats.

Not only do cameras watch what you're dumping, but staff in a monitoring room can issue rubbish reprimands over a public address system.

The new system monitors the centre's green waste dumping area.

Evoking the old slogan, council works committee chairman Trevor Nardi said it was all about helping everyone “do the right thing”.

“If they contaminate green waste it just goes to landfill and you lose the reuse of the waste,” Cr Nardi said.

“If someone is spotted doing the wrong thing, there is a PA system so people can be told to do the right thing.”

It's part of a State Government strategy that sets recycling targets for households, businesses and government bodies.

One of the key targets is to increase recycling of municipal solid waste from 23 per cent to 65% by 2020.

The waste residents deliver to the Riverview recycling and refuse centre is included in the definition of municipal solid waste.

Another component of the strategy is a waste levy from December, to provide a financial penalty which encourages commercial waste to be recycled rather than being disposed to landfill.

Waste sent to landfill will incur a $35 a tonne levy payable to the State Government. Waste that is recycled does not attract the levy.

To help the council get ready for the levy, the government offered $51,000 to upgrade security and surveillance at the Riverview recycling and refuse centre.

“At the moment there are a number of commercial people circumventing the system. They are directed to the weigh bridge before they leave but they are just leaving and we have no power to stop them,” Cr Nardi said.

“Now, when they come in they will be given a token they have to use to leave via a boom gate.

“It will pick up the people cheating the system.”



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