Builder furious over junk dumped in skip
A SUNSHINE Coast builder says lazy homeowners are costing him thousands of dollars a year by dumping their rubbish into his on-site skip bins instead of going to the tip.
Jason Bowker says every builder he knows is also being targeted, costing the local industry hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The problem has become so bad in recent months, the owner of Planet Homes Qld says he has been forced to erect fences around his skips on some sites.
"It's ridiculous," an angry Mr Bowker said after discovering thousands of brochures dumped in a skip on a Pelican Waters job site.
"It happens at every job. We get anything from old barbecues and lounges to washing machines and driers.
"It's worse when we are in a new estate because people move in with their new stereo or fridge or lawnmower and they dump the packaging in the skip along with the old fridge or lawnmower.
"They think it's fine - that no one will know who did it.
"It happens all the time and it's costing us money."
Mr Bowker said he usually took an extra skip of other people's rubbish to the tip from every construction job.
With tip fees between $355 and $455 per skip, he was being set back close to $5000 a year.
"That's a lot of money to dispose of other people's waste," he said.
"It's not just me. Every builder on the Coast has this problem, so we're talking tens of thousands of dollars just because people are lazy or won't pay tip fees.
"I'm just not going to cop it any more. I'll chuck it all out on the road, which is basically what these people are doing by throwing it in my skips."
The thousands of brochures were obviously meant for delivery.
"Someone has been paid to deliver them but dumped them instead," Mr Bowker said.
"But it's not like there's a name on them so I can track them down and say 'come and get your junk'."