Council hunting dumpers
Bill on way if identified
Public support is being sought to tackle a rise in the incidents of people dumping rubbish illegally in the city.
Lately people have been illegally dumping old TV sets and computer monitors, says Porirua City Council litter control officer David Redmayne.
This type of dumping is one of the most expensive for council to clear and dispose of as all the saleable components have been removed, he says.
‘‘We’d like the public to help identify the offenders.’’
Mr Redmayne says if the public can help identify the culprits, then the bill for disposing of the rubbish can be sent to those responsible.
People can safely dispose of their old TVs at Trash Palace, where Mana Recovery dismantle them in an environmentally responsible way at a cost of $20.
Its general manager Elizabeth Coluzzi says the charge covers the responsible recycling of the old sets.
‘‘We recycle them responsibly to ensure the toxic heavy metals and gases are disposed of safely.’’
But for those who can’t afford the $20 fee, she says an approved Government ‘‘ TV take-back scheme’’ is expected to start within the next 12 months.
‘‘This scheme will offer a subsidy so the public can dispose of their old sets at minimal cost.’’
Monitor mayhem: Litter control officer David Redmayne beside a pile of old TVs and computers dumped at the Aotea reservoir.