No excuse for being a dumper

WE HAVE all had those annoying loads of rubbish that are hard to get rid of.

An old mattress or couch, old paint tins, broken children's play equipment.

They won't fit in the red bin, or shouldn't go in there, and they are too big to easily fit in the car and take to the tip.

They sit around the yard, gathering dust and becoming a haven for all sorts of creepy crawlies.

But here's what you never do - dump them by the side of the road or on someone else's property.

That's about as unsociable as it gets, and should get the perpetrators fined.

It is easy to understand the frustration of Steve Muir in his Your Story article on page 6 today about the rubbish regularly dumped by the road that leads to his business.

No one wants that happen anywhere, let alone outside businesses.

It is the responsibility of all of us who create rubbish to make sure it is disposed of properly. If it's too big for the bins, you might have to wait for the kerbside clean-ups.

If it is still too big or not suitable, then you need to come up with a way to get it to the tip.

Maybe pool resources with neighbours to get a ute or trailer that can help you do the job. Tip fees aren't cheap, but they are one of the costs we should all be prepared to pay.

If you are not prepared to be responsible with your rubbish, don't buy it in the first place.

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