Tip fees blamed for illegal Wollongong dump

A Wollongong store owner has hit out at expensive tip fees, blaming rising rubbish dumping costs for the pile of junk that has appeared outside his store.

Wollongong Window World owner Paul Atkins and his wife Jodie arrived for work after the long weekend to find two lounges, a mattress, fans and even a coffee percolator dumped outside their Swan Street shopfront.

The trash is just the latest in a string of rubbish piles that have appeared outside their store.

The pair returned after the Christmas break to find a lounge lying in their doorway while building refuse, including plaster, turned up on another occasion. Mr Atkins said the couple had had enough, calling on Wollongong City Council to lower exorbitant tip fees to deter illegal dumpers.

"We've never had problems in the past, it's the tip fees for sure," he said. 

"People are paying $50 to dump half a load of rubbish at the tip, it's too expensive ... it's just going to keep happening if the council doesn't do something."

Mr Atkins believes their store has become a target due to its relative distance from the CBD and its lack of CCTV cameras.

He told the Mercury he was now considering installing cameras, in the hope of stopping dumpers.

"It's terrible, [the rubbish] just looks awful and it's right out the front of the store so people have to go around it to come inside," he said.

"It's an eyesore and it's a health hazard ... people won't want to come into the shop if all they can see is rubbish out the front."

The council did not respond to calls for comment by last night's deadline.

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