Flier triggers verge waste

Balga Action Group president Alan Stafford with a verge clean-up notice. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d402609
Balga Action Group president Alan Stafford with a verge clean-up notice. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d402609

The flier, from a company called West Australian Tree Professionals, was discovered in a letterbox by Balga Action Group president Alan Stafford earlier this week.

The advertisement reads: ‘You may be unaware that your green waste collection is commencing in the next few weeks. We are currently sweeping through your area doing a large amount of tree lopping. Due to such a positive response we have dropped our usual prices and are giving discounts in the area.’

However, Balga’s Green Waste collection is not scheduled to start until September 2, some two and a half months away, and Mr Stafford said he believed the advertising was grossly irresponsible.

While the flier does say West Australian Tree Professionals will mulch and take away if required, Mr Stafford said he could already see evidence residents were dumping green waste based on the incorrect, second-hand evidence.

‘You can already see it in the streets around Balga; people are starting to dump their waste already and it would not surprise me if it was directly a result of this flier,’ he said.

‘This green waste is going to start piling up and sit there for months, it’s not the sort of look we want in Balga.’

He said the Balga Action Group, in conjunction with the City of Stirling, were attempting to rectify the situation.

‘We’ve been doing letter drops of our own, informing people that the green waste pick up isn’t until September and asking them to either put the green waste in their back yard for the time being or dispose of it through other means.

‘So we’re giving people a chance to act on these things before the rangers get involved, because it is illegal dumping.’

Mayor David Boothman said it was vital that residents refer to the City’s information to ensure accuracy.

‘Some contractors are flooding residents with these types of fliers and sometimes people take second-hand information as being correct when it may not be,’ he said.

‘The City urges residents, whether you are employing contractors or trimming your own vegetation, to first check with the City on the date your suburb is scheduled for a green collection.’

Call the City on 9205 8555 or check the website at stirling.wa.gov.au, or refer to the City’s Community Waste and Recycling Guide 2013 recently sent to residents.