Rub­bish dump­ing spoil­ing walk­way

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

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.’’

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