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Fire reduces life expectancy of Boggabilla landfill

Media Release

The Boggabilla landfill was set alight last week in an act of arson causing toxic air pollutants and reducing the life expectancy of the landfill.

Moree Plains Shire Council’s Water and Waste Manger David Wolfenden explained that people think they are minimising maintenance and increasing the capacity and life expectancy of the landfill when they light fires but actually fires have the opposite effect.

“Fires in the landfill trenches cause the dirt to dry out and the sides of the hole to collapse, which reduces the capacity of the landfill and shortens the life expectancy”.boggabilla-sign

Council is also concerned that burning of any material in landfill trenches, whether it be paper, plastic or wood produces a variety of hazardous and toxic air pollutants; which in the cooler weather means smoke stays low to the ground causing nuisance to those residents living near landfill facilities.

“Deliberately lit fires at landfills located close to residential areas pose health concerns particularly when the weather cools down as the prevailing winds, low smoke and fumes can blow into populated areas causing considerable discomfort to neighbouring residents suffering from asthma or other lung conditions,” he said.

Mr Wolfenden instructed “Please do not light fires in landfills. It is a health risk to others; it damages the landfill and has the potential to start uncontrolled bush fires”.

Moree Plains Shire Council is calling on the public to report anyone observed acting suspiciously at any one of its village landfill sites.

“Throughout the Shire, known hotspots are under CCTV surveillance and anyone caught lighting fires or dumping will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said Mr Wolfenden.

Reporting arson at landfills or illegal dumping can be done by way of the ‘Snap, Solve and Send’ app which is a free iPhone application allowing you take a photo, select the incident and send to Moree Plains Shire Council; you can also telephone our Customer Service Centre on (02) 6757 3222 or call the EPA hotline on 131 555.