Rubbish dumping spoiling walkway
One of Porirua’s prime spots is being ruined by repeat rubbish dumpers.
Papakowhai resident Linda Loffhagen walks the Iona Place walkway daily and wants people to stop using the path as a dumping ground for unwanted items.
Last week she found two large piles of Farmers catalogues dumped under the raised walkway, and said that further along there was a spot where someone regularly left their lunch rubbish.
‘‘This is such a great walkway and we are lucky to have it. It’s so depressing to see someone dump their rubbish,’’ she said.
Porirua City Council environ- mental standards manager Jim Sutton said it was a problem that cropped up now and then and needed to be dealt with.
‘‘ The dumping of rubbish in walkways attracts mice and rats, and items such as broken glass can injure children,’’ he said.
‘‘Where we identify litterers we charge them the cost of cleaning up. The council has contractors cleaning walkways. However, when dumping occurs contractors have to make extra visits that add costs.’’
Sutton said people should call 237 5089 to report such incidents.
‘‘The council provides streetside rubbish collection and recycling. We would encourage everyone to use those services.’’