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25 February 2011

Ipswich Flood Update: Two years of rubbish in two weeks in the aftermath of the flood

IPSWICH City Council says close to 50,000 tonnes of flood rubbish has been collected from in and around the city.

A mountain of flood debris piles up at the Thiess Waste
Management Facility in Swanbank after last month's floods in Ipswich.

IPSWICH City Council says close to 50,000 tonnes of flood rubbish has been collected from in and around the city.

That's roughly two years of rubbish in two weeks.

Councillor Trevor Nardi said council staff, Defence personnel and volunteers from near and far had worked constantly to clean up.

"We've picked up about 46,000 tonnes to date," Cr Nardi said yesterday. "The cut-off for ordering in the skip bins ends on Monday. By the time we pick all of them up we should have gone over the 50,000 tonne mark.

"That's about two years' normal supply of rubbish in two weeks.

"That's not including flood debris people took to the Riverview Transfer Station and to the dump of Rosewood."

He said if flood-affected people needed a skip bin after Monday, they should contact the council and they would be assessed "on a needs basis".

"About 70 skips were sent out into the community," he said.

"We had several hundred staff working on the flood clean-up.

"The bulk of the pick-up on the footpath has been cleaned up now.

Flood debris including people clothes, walls, anything that was ruined by the floodwaters, mostly went to the Swanbank dump.

One of the first steps in the council's flood clean-up was switching the garbage collection to nights because the dumps were too chaotic.

Even still, at Swanbank trucks filed in 24 hours a day, drove to the top of a garbage mountain and dumped rubbish.

Thousands and thousands of trucks repeated the process, creating a mass collection of the remnants of people's lives.

More flood stories: www.QT.com.au

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