Council are declaring all residents will need to bring ID for free dumping.
Council are declaring all residents will need to bring ID for free dumping. Helen Spelitis

Bring ID or risk fees for dumping

RESIDENTS could be slugged additional fees for dumping landfill if they don't carry identification under a new rule by the North Burnett Regional Council.

The issue arose numerous times since free dumping was introduced for residents with council concerned many are disposing rubbish without living in the region.

It has been reported that since the free dumping was established in 2016, landfill at Biggenden has increased more than twice the size, from 288 tonnes to 587 tonnes.

Mayor Rachel Chambers said it cost ratepayers a lot of money.

"The cost of waste disposal is quite high and those customers who may not be local are being subsidised by ratepayers,” Cr Chambers said.

Cr Chambers urged those utilising the services to carry some form of identification or risk being charged for the facilities.

"Residents should be prepared and take proof of residency on every trip to their local waste management facility, or be ready to pay $6 per wheelie bin, $7 for a sedan or $11 for a utility or trailer,” she said.

North Burnett Regional Council is one of the few councils which offers free waste disposal for domestic waste up to 1m cubed, making it an attractive option for the community.

Fees and charges for waste disposal will be reviewed later this year in preparation for the 2018/19 financial year.