Il­le­gal dump­ing costs steadily pil­ing up

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - SHAB­NAM DASTGHEIB

Peo­ple dump­ing rub­bish il­le­gally are cost­ing Auck­land ratepay­ers close to $1 mil­lion a year.

Parts of Auck­land, par­tic­u­larly in the city’s south and of­ten close to peo­ple’s houses, are rou­tinely be­ing hit by il­le­gal dump­ing, with some rub­bish piles growing so big they need se­cu­rity.

Fig­ures ob­tained from Auck­land Coun­cil un­der the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Of­fi­cial In­for­ma­tion and Meet­ings Act show the costs of clean­ing up il­le­gally dumped rub­bish have steadily grown over the past three fi­nan­cial years.

Clean-up costs alone have grown from just un­der $400,000 in 2013/2014 to al­most half a mil­lion dol­lars in 2015/2016.

To­tal costs to deal with il­le­gally dumped rub­bish were closer to $1m a year once the costs for in­ves­ti­ga­tion time and en­force­ment had been added in.

When bro­ken down by re­gion, south Auck­land which en­com­passed Manukau, Pa­pakura, Franklin saw the largest amount of rub­bish dumped in its public spa­ces.

Rub­bish dumped there included a bed frame, card­board, red traffic cones, tim­ber, al­co­hol boxes, car tyres and chil­dren’s play equip­ment.

A res­i­dent said the pile had been sitting there for months as the coun­cil tried to investigate who was do­ing the dump­ing.

In to­tal over the past fi­nan­cial year, there was more than 1300 tonnes of il­le­gally dumped rub­bish in the Auck­land coun­cil ar­eas, with 800 tonnes of this dumped in south Auck­land.

North/west and cen­tral Auck- land each saw be­tween 200-300 tonnes of rub­bish dumped il­le­gally in the last fi­nan­cial year.

Il­le­gal dump­ing is classed as rub­bish left on public prop­erty with­out the coun­cil’s per­mis­sion.

Fines for il­le­gal dump­ing range from a few hun­dred dol­lars to $30,000 if con­victed in court.

Auck­land Coun­cil waste plan- ning man­ager Parul Sood said the coun­cil would go through the waste to find any ev­i­dence of who had done the dump­ing.

The coun­cil has con­tracts for clean-up in the north/west and cen­tral ar­eas based on a fixed monthly sum.

Where the costs fluc­tu­ated, there were large vol­umes of il­le­gal dump­ing, which in­curred ad­di­tional re­moval costs. The num­ber of call-outs which con­trac­tors had to at­tend also af­fected costs.

Peo­ple can re­port dumped rub­bish to the coun­cil on (09) 301 0101, or 0800 InTheBin and leave a mes­sage giving details of the lo­ca­tion and the of­fender.

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