Clean up your act or else ratepayers pay
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.’’