Clean up your act or else ratepay­ers pay

Kapi-Mana News - - FESTIVAL OF THE ELEMENTS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Ratepay­ers are the losers when it comes to il­le­gal dump­ing of rub­bish, Porirua City Coun­cil warns.

The amount of rub­bish il­le­gally dumped is in­creas­ing, coun­cil lit­ter con­trol of­fi­cer David Red­mayne says.

Peo­ple are dump­ing bro­ken fur­ni­ture or su­per­mar­ket bags full of house­hold waste on coun­cil re­serves, both on the ground and in public rub­bish bins, which is il­le­gal. Ti­tahi Bay beach and Onepoto Park have been re­cent hotspots, but the dump­ing is hap­pen­ing across Porirua, he says.

While the coun­cil is tak­ing a hard line on dumpers, with fines, it’s ratepay­ers who fund the cleanup, Mr Red­mayne says. ‘‘Il­le­gal dump­ing has a di­rect ef­fect on coun­cil costs. We will be tak­ing a very hard line with any­body we can.’’

The high cost of liv­ing could be one rea­son peo­ple are dump­ing rub­bish, Mr Red­mayne says. But bad habits are also to blame. ‘‘I think it’s a be­havioural thing.’’

If a mem­ber of the public sees some­one dump­ing rub­bish il­le­gally, Mr Red­mayne urges them to note the car reg­is­tra­tion and re­port the of­fence to the coun­cil’s 24-hour line, 237 5089.

‘‘This is a way the com­mu­nity can help.’’

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