Rubbishdumped in reserve
The discovery of an unofficial rubbish dump at the bottom of a bank has appalled Porirua residents.
Paula Mac Ewan posted a video of the mess on the city’s closed Facebook page on Wednesday morning. ’’It’s like, literally, someone has moved out of a home and thrown it down a bank,’’ she said.
A sofa bed, a scooter, a bed base, bunk beds and numerous items of clothing were among the objects tossed away, down an alleyway off Bedford St.
She was baffled to find prepaid Porirua City Council rubbish bags among the mess – which would have been taken away and disposed of by rubbish collectors.
‘‘This is really a reflection of the people ... it’s our backyard and we need to look after our land.
‘‘I can’t understand the mentality around throwing a pre-paid rubbish bag full of rubbish down a bank when they could’ve walked the opposite way and back to the street.’’
The video she filmed attracted more than 100 replies, with many people describing the scene as dis- gusting and disgraceful.
One suggested the rubbish should be sorted through to find any names on letters or prescription bottles, so the people named could be prosecuted.
Mac Ewan, who runs the Cannons Creek koha shed, believed that much of the clothing could have been recycled or given to charity, rather than simply throwing them away.
It is understood the rubbish has been there for several weeks.
Since the video was posted, Porirua City Council has asked contractors to clean up the site.
Rubbish dumped in a reserve in Cannon’s Creek.