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FRANKSTON residents have dobbed in as many as two street dumpers a day as the battle continues to keep the city clean.

Illegal street dumping is rising and Frankston City Council is currently exploring the possibility of opening its own tip.

General manager of development Jane Homewood said Seaford and Carrum Downs had been hardest hit, and last month residents made 60 reports of illegal dumping across the municipality.

“Nine infringement notices have been issued and other investigations are ongoing,” Ms Homewood said.

Brunel Rd, a small industrial area in Seaford, is being used as a rubbish dump almost every weekend, and last week Leader photographed household white goods, car tyres, chairs and green waste that had been dumped there. One worker said business owners were fed up with having to clear the road every Monday.

Six months ago the council closed the Centenary Park Drive tip to make way for Peninsula Link and private operators Veolia and Skye Quarries opened a new tip in Skye.

However, there have been persistent complaints from residents about the cost of tipping at Skye, and in recent weeks the operators lowered their fees. Cr Colin Hampton, who believes the council should not have relinquished control of waste disposal, said it must “vigorously pursue” getting its own waste transfer station.

“We need to get it up and running as soon as possible and keep it affordable so that people aren’t dumping waste by the roadside because they can’t afford to take it to the tip,” Cr Hampton said.

Source: Frankston Standard Leader

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