I’ve just been to the dump at Mitchell – absolute chaos. The green waste facility is closed, so there are people lining up to reluctantly dump green waste. People are piling their rubbish outside the dump itself, as there is none of the usual clearing machinery in action. I wish I had taken my camera! When I was there at 11.45 the inner part of the dump was completely clear; there was masses of rubbish piled up both sides – and people couldn’t then throw their rubbish into the still-empty middle. So what were they doing? Piling it up to three metres of the backing-up lanes. My rubbish was light, so I was able to throw it where it should have been. Driving away, there was a queue of 10 trailers waiting to add to the debacle, and the money-taker was merrily waving them in to add to the pile.
I trod on a spiky metal object hidden under some of the greenwaste in my effort to throw my stuff clear – luckily I was wearing shoes with sturdy soles.
Hundreds of dumpers during the Christmas/New Years week is hardly unforeseen. Why can’t Jon Stanhope’s government run a dump?