Il­le­gal dump­ing headache for Massey res­i­dents

North Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - AMY BAKER

Massey is one of the sub­urbs worst-af­fected by il­le­gal rub­bish dump­ing, Auck­land Coun­cil says.

Auck­land Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager waste so­lu­tions, Parul Sood said the coun­cil re­ceived eight to 10 calls re­port­ing il­le­gal dump­ing in Waitakere ev­ery day.

Massey is ‘‘one of the worst ar­eas’’ for il­le­gal dump­ing.

Num­bers in Hob­sonville and West­gate are low com­pared with other ar­eas, he said.

A spokesper­son from the Massey Com­mu­nity Pa­trol said it was an on­go­ing is­sue, and they re­ceived re­ports of il­le­gal dump­ing in the area ‘‘all the time’’.

The spokesper­son said the most com­monly dumped goods were house­hold items such as mat­tresses, cloth­ing and TVs.

Prob­lem ar­eas in­cluded the shops on Don Buck Rd and around West­gate. A dump­ing also re­cently oc­curred in When­u­a­pai.

‘‘It an­noys me be­cause, if you’ve got the wheels to take it [dump it], then take it to the con­course,’’ the spokesper­son said.

Waitakere Refuse and Re­cy­cling Cen­tre charge ac­cord­ing to rub­bish type and weight. Af­ford­abil­ity might also be a fac­tor in il­le­gal dump­ing, the spokesper­son said.

A Massey res­i­dent and mem­ber of Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port Waitakere said he had no­ticed an in­crease in the amount of dump­ing in his street over the past six months.

Items found have in­cluded couches, kitchen­ware, toys and gar­den clip­pings. The dump­ing of­ten oc­curred at night, the Mudge­ways Rd res­i­dent said.

‘‘You al­ways, you know, come home from work and there’s noth­ing there. You wake in the morn­ing, and you’re driv­ing past old so­fas.

‘‘We had a mat­tress pop up against the bank a few weeks ago. Peo­ple just can’t be both­ered.’’

Dump­ing along Bird­wood Rd was also an is­sue, par­tic­u­larly off the bank into the creek, he said.

Sood said Auck­land Coun­cil usu­ally deals with il­le­gal dump­ing. A coun­cil of­fi­cer will visit the site and sticker the rub­bish with an il­le­gal dump­ing sticker. Be­fore rub­bish is re­moved, 24-hour re­moval no­tices may be de­liv­ered to ad­ja­cent prop­er­ties and res­i­dents vis­ited to see if they know where it has come from. Auck­land Coun­cil was be­gin­ning a cam­paign to deal with il­le­gal dump­ing, de­signed to gen­er­ate pride in lo­cal ar­eas and to en­cour­age res­i­dents to re­port any sight­ings of dump­ing, Sood said. See auck­land­coun­cil.govt.nz to re­port il­le­gal dump­ing.

‘‘Peo­ple just can't be both­ered.’’

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Auck­land Coun­cil and the Massey Com­mu­nity Pa­trol have iden­ti­fied the sub­urb as a prob­lem area.

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