Litter bug epidemic

Teresa Cheesman ,Ron York and Tony Cheesman, clean up litter in Chidlow. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d403306
Teresa Cheesman ,Ron York and Tony Cheesman, clean up litter in Chidlow. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d403306

Chidlow resident Teresa Cheesman said the littering had been going on for a few years, but had recently become unmanageable.

‘Because I live in Chidlow, I have noticed it a lot around there, but it is also going on in the rest of Mundaring,’ Mrs Cheesman said.

Mrs Cheesman said she was concerned the area would miss out on an annual clean-up now the Mundaring Truffle Festival had been mothballed.

‘I talked to the Shire a year ago about the litter and they told me they do an annual clean-up in time for the festival,’ she said.

‘We do have volunteers who collect rubbish, but the problem has been increasing and there is only so much we can do. We can’t pick up things like washing machines and fridges.’

Mrs Cheesman said people littered without thinking.

‘People will leave rubbish next to the bin, instead of putting it in.

‘I also think the council needs to take more responsibility for cleaning up rubbish.’

Shire of Mundaring chief executive Jonathan Throssell said the Shire regularly collected litter from along several sections of the Great Eastern Highway.

‘Litter is collected from public open spaces each time they are mowed,’ he said. ‘The Shire also collects illegally dumped waste and litter from other roads, as needed.’