John O'Sullivan from Absolute Homes is mad about people dumping rubbish on his building sites in Gladstone.
John O'Sullivan from Absolute Homes is mad about people dumping rubbish on his building sites in Gladstone. Brenda Strong

Builder angered by rise in illegal dumping on worksites

A GLADSTONE builder has had it to the brim with seeing his skips and worksites, well, full to the brim.

Absolute Homes owner John O'Sullivan said illegal dumping on his sites has skyrocketed in the past two years, leaving a huge bill.

"We've seen the whole contents of houses suddenly appear over a weekend, and that's on sites where there hasn't even been a skip," he said.

He's also had dead pets dumped - by the time they were discovered on Monday morning, the bin was a health hazard.

These people clearly don't have town pride - local people wouldn't do this to their own town.

The Observer met Mr O'Sullivan on one worksite on Monday where another skip was filled with household junk over the weekend.

The rubbish included a bill addressed to the suspected offender.

"I am waiting to hear back from council, to see if they can help me nail this guy," Mr O'Sullivan said.

It costs about $500 to empty an industrial bin at the dump, and $168 to have the bin delivered - so last year's 12 dumped bin-loads cost the builder around $7200.

He blamed the widespread problem on the high turn-over of residents in Gladstone.

"I don't think it even comes down to expense, it's just laziness," he said.

"These people clearly don't have town pride - local people wouldn't do this to their own town."

The builder is investigating installing infra-red cameras around his sites.

Gladstone Regional Council revealed it was also using cameras at public sites to deter illegal dumpers.

 

Why do you think people dump their rubbish illegally?

This poll ended on 02 August 2013.

Current Results

It comes down to cost - it's too expensive to do it legally

52%

People probably don't know how much it impacts on other people

2%

It's simply laziness

44%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

DUMPING ISSUES: John O’Sullivan from Absolute Homes has had it with people illegally dumping rubbish on his building sites in Gladstone.
DUMPING ISSUES: John O’Sullivan from Absolute Homes has had it with people illegally dumping rubbish on his building sites in Gladstone. Brenda Strong GLARUBB