Bankstown has earned an unwanted reputation of late, as large and illegal dumpers of rubbish. The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported recently, on two very large piles of illegally dumped rubbish on Eldridge Road and at Earlwood. The local council closed the road for many hours, as it removed the unwanted waste with a bobcat and tipper truck. It seems, once a few bad eggs dump their trash illegally, many others follow the illegal practice like sheep. The Coles at Earlwood site is another, where inconsiderate and irresponsible residents unlawfully dump their trash. It was the Salvation Army’s charity bins which were the magnets for the excessive dumping of rubbish; and they have now removed them because of the problem.
Rubbish Removal In Bankstown: Long Overdue
The Bankstown Council provide two free pick-ups a year for residents, and, therefore, are taking a zero-tolerance approach to the practice of illegal dumping of rubbish. They warn that fines will be levied, and people prosecuted. There is a body of inspectors called the Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping Squad, based in Bankstown. They use video and photographic evidence to catch and prosecute offenders. It is time for the council to get serious about protecting the environment in Bankstown, it is long overdue.
Residents and shopkeepers have claimed that the piles of illegal trash are actually dangerous to those who attempt to navigate them. Children have nearly been crushed by things like dumped old wardrobes falling on them. The dumping of rubbish in this manner reflects badly upon Bankstown itself and it indicates that there are members of the community who do not uphold Australian values in the twenty first century. It may be time to hold some Public Community Meetings to galvanise the community together in dealing with this problem.
Poor Personal Waste Management Behaviours
Canterbury-Bankstown is the fifth largest, tosser out of unwanted waste, community in Sydney, according to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) figures. Bankstown residents stuff their bins with 12.9kg of rubbish each week. Fairfield topped the list with 16.3kg; Botany Bay next with 14.5kg; Liverpool with 14.1kg; and Auburn with 13.8kg. These figures show a complementary lack of recycling in these areas, which point to a lack of education and application when it comes to personal waste management. Councils will need to ramp up public awareness and training in this vital social behaviour if landfills are not to overwhelm Sydney.