EXPLOITATION of two Hindmarsh recycling transfer stations has forced their closure.
Hindmarsh Shire Council's March meeting agreed to close Yanac and Netherby's recycling transfer stations.
Infrastructure services director Douglas Gowans said audits of each transfer
station had revealed the services were being misused.
"It was evident during the evaluations that the unattended and open access sites had turned into dumping grounds for all types of waste," he said.
"The result has incurred considerable costs to council for periodic clean-ups.
"It is also evident that the dumping of waste at the sites has included dangerous goods such as asbestos and chemicals."
He said council's recycling contractor had decided not to seek further arrangements for pick-up at the sites.
Council has decided to trial central recycling bin depots in both communities instead.
"Recycling bins will be located in a central point in each village," Mr Gowans said.
He believes the watchful eyes of nearby residents will deter illegal dumping.
"Bulk amounts of cardboard, scrap metal, electronic waste and other recyclable materials are accepted free of charge at the four manned Hindmarsh Shire transfer stations," he said.
"General waste, green waste and asbestos will carry a nominal fee, based on quantities."
Manned transfer stations are at Nhill, Dimboola, Jeparit and Rainbow.