Today, I went for a run in the pines between Morwell and Traralgon, and what I saw got me legitimately angry.

There are two main reasons why I love living in the country; one is being part of the strong community focussed and friendly country area that we live in, and the other is the beauty, peace and quiet and serenity of the country, and the nature that we live amongst.

Unfortunately, this is being spoiled by acts like this.

I took countless photos of areas where people have dumped rubbish, and the worst part is that these photos aren’t even all of what I saw, there were many more.

How can we stop this? Is it really that expensive to take a trailer load to the tip? Or are people just being lazy? I don’t really know the cost of going to a tip these days, but if you do, please let me know, surely it can’t be that pricey?

The above photo really annoyed me. It was just a bunch of clothes dumped in the middle of nature. Did it not cross their mind to maybe donate these clothes to a Salvation Army or Op Shop, or maybe even just someone less fortunate than them?

I also saw a lot of recyclable items, which can obviously be reused as plastic material and usually just go in your standard recycle bin. What a waste.

This sign near the entry says there’s electronic surveillance, but I didn’t see any cameras or anything.

Maybe cameras can be put at entrances to get number plates of those illegally dumping rubbish, or maybe harsher penalties? Either way, it’s getting beyond a joke and needs to be stopped.

Please share and help spread the word, and let’s help get the message out there that this is not ok.


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8 thoughts on “Disgrace

  1. I agree that tip prices are a huge part of the problem. My partner and I were quoted over $90 for our trailer load of rubbish. We could not afford that so we took it to Yarram the next day and were charged much less.

    If someone is out of work or on low income, they wont do that – they will dump it. How are they supposed to come up with that amount. Especially the amount of rubbish.

    I understand there are costs etc for council. Well bad luck – if people dont have the $ what do you think will happen? Change starts only if it is affordable. Got nothing to do with morals


  2. Have sections at the dump for recycling (glass, metal, wood, paper, etc), that gives you credits for dumping the rest of your non-recyclable stuff. Give each household 1 free voucher per year. When you catch those dumpers – make sure the local magistrate gives them “hours of community services – only spent picking up rubbish along the sides of the road” (like they do in the USA). The rest of the community needs to stand together and “dob them in” when you see them. Nearly everyone has a cell phone with a camera.


  3. This is just laziness. I agree that most of what’s in those photos can be recycled or put out in your normal rubbish bin. I wonder if people realise that virtually all soft plastics can be recycled now (e.g. via Redcycle at Coles). My rubbish bin is virtually empty most weeks.
    For the big stuff or stuff that the council bins won’t take, then people should pay at the tip. I agree with Anthony W. that the tip is cheap. I’ve lived in four country towns and three capital cities and found country tips far cheaper. If someone can’t afford to take it to the tip then they should leave it on their own land, not someone else’s.
    Trail cameras for surveillance of car registrations are cheap, easily concealed and easy to set up. You could rotate a dozen of them through different locations in the pines every month (I’d be happy to help!). Send fines to the offenders and then see if they still think that dumping rubbish in the bush is cheaper than using the tip.

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  4. Not that I ever dump rubbish, I’m more likely to be the one removing it. But bring back hard runbish and reduce the price at the transfer stations. It’s out of reach of a large patt of the communities budget. It’s common sense

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  5. Morwell tip prices is 90% of the problem. About 2 weeks ago I went there with an old vanity unit smashed up, some cupboard and a heap of scrap steel (eg. Old springs, shower frames and old taps). I was told $30. Now there’s no way knowing I’m paying that much to dump not even a full ute tub full. So I drove all the way to traf to dump it and they didn’t charge me. Told me that if I put all the scrap to the side I can dump the other stuff for free. Now I know most people wouldn’t drive all the way to traf and can’t afford to dump it at the tip in Morwell so they opt for the easy option which is the bush. It’s sad because they shouldn’t be dumping it in the bush but the Morwell tip shouldn’t be such criminals to charge so high for stuff that they make money off. Like they get you to put the good stuff in a pile to sell and charge you for it. So if the tip was more affordable in the local areas it would cut the dumping down quit significantly


    • Nathan, you are very naive. I was paying $90 for a trailer load in Melbourne suburbs nearly 10 years ago. Morwell is cheap. About a half, to 1/3 the cost of our metropolitan cousins. Suck it up and do the right thing. Every trailer load dumped, costs rate payers literally hundreds of dollars. And that cost just gets shifted to rates, to rents, and results in lack of facilities for our region.


    • Thanks for your thoughts Nathan. I agree that’s a bit pricey, but that’s still no excuse to break the law. And Trafalgar is only just down the road.

      It was frustrating to see most of these items could be recycled, donated or just fit into a normal bin.


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