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Whitsunday Regional Council is encouraging residents in the Whitsunday Region to use appropriate methods of discarding old or unwanted flares and emergency beacons.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said that flares and emergency beacons should be presented to staff at Council’s landfills and transfer stations for appropriate disposal.
“During the hot summer months, there is an increased risk of flares combusting in general waste bins and in the landfills,” Mayor Whitney said.
“Likewise, emergency beacons need to be disabled to avoid inadvertently activating a signal in a compactor truck or during the compacting process at the landfill,” she said.
“Every year, thousands of dollars are spent searching for beacons in landfills making valuable emergency resources unavailable for real emergencies and putting lives at risk.
“All we ask is that residents present their old or unwanted equipment to staff at the landfills and transfer stations and they will be only too pleased to ensure that it is disposed of safely.”