Coun­cil hunt­ing dumpers

Bill on way if iden­ti­fied

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

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.

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