News

Stink is a pile of burning garbage 'the size of a block of flats'

FOUL STENCH: A massive pile of waste burning at a dump site.
FOUL STENCH: A massive pile of waste burning at a dump site. Contributed

A SICKENING stench making people's lives miserable around Ripley and Raceview has been traced to a massive mound of burning garbage.

Ipswich City Council and the State Government said it was on a site at Swanbank owned by Lantrak it acquired from Biorecycle. The site is licensed to receive 400,000 tonnes a year of commercial and industrial waste, asbestos, low-contaminated soils and acid sulphate soils.

As reported in yesterday's QT, people have reported the smell of "burning dead animals and plastics", from the area in the past six weeks, especially in the evenings and early morning.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said Lantrak should have come clean before fumes began affecting residents and he called on the government to fine the company.

Lantrak didn't return calls from the QT yesterday.

"Why would a company jeopardise people's health? They should come down like a tonne of bricks on them," Cr Pisasale said.

 

"It's a pile about the size of a big block of flats. We're told it's building material and green waste, but people are worried about their health. 

A massive pile of waste burning at a Bio-Recycle dump site at Ripley. Photo: Contributed
A massive pile of waste burning at a Bio-Recycle dump site at Ripley. Photo: Contributed Contributed

"It's a pile about the size of a big block of flats. We're told it's building material and green waste, but people are worried about their health. 

"I'd like to see them give a full account of why it caught fire, why they didn't report it and why they shouldn't be fined."

Dr Glen Brown of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said it was investigating the burning waste at the disposal site.

"The department is working with the operators of the site and other agencies to bring this situation under control as soon as practical," Dr Brown said.

"The department is continuing to investigate if other sources may also be responsible for the odour complaints."

A massive pile of waste burning at a Bio-Recycle dump site at Ripley. Photo: Contributed
A massive pile of waste burning at a Bio-Recycle dump site at Ripley. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Topics:  department of environment and heritage protection, garbage, odour, raceview, recycling, ripley, swanbank




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Track trio involved in major injury scares

Denis Smith

Latest race falls at Albion Park

Artistic vision helps in fight to beat signal box vandals

STUNNER: Local artist Glen Smith won the People's Choice award with his painting of a kookaburra.

People’s Choice award for painting of kookaburra

Judge send ice junkie to cooler

A man who went on a ice-fuelled crime spree has been jailed.

Latest deals and offers

Armed Robbery North Booval

Jarrad Alexander Stanton Deane, 29, was jailed for seven years for more than 40...

Fatality Free Friday urges motorists to take the pledge

A 31-year-old man is due to front court in custody today charged with stealing five motorbikes from various locations in the past few months.

As part of Fatality Free Friday today, police are pleading with motorists to take...

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked