Road­side rub­bish dumpers cost thou­sands

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MATTHEW SAL­MONS

Sel­wyn ratepay­ers are fork­ing out around $10,000 a month to clean up some­one else’s mess.

Over the last 12 months, the Sel­wyn District Coun­cil (SDC) had re­ceived 324 ser­vice re­quests in re­la­tion to road­side dump­ing or street clean­ing. The cost of re­mov­ing and dis­pos­ing of the rub­bish came out of the road­ing maintenance bud­get.

Al­though the SDC did not dif­fer­en­ti­ate the re­ports be­tween flytipping and road­side clean ups, a coun­cil spokesman said they had re­ceived a num­ber of fly-tip­ping re­ports over the last month.

‘‘Sel­dom do we find ev­i­dence of the cul­prit...’’

Mark Cham­ber­lain, SDC

SDC road­ing engi­neer Mark Cham­ber­lain said in an email peo­ple who dumped rub­bish on road sides did not care about the en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fect or im­pact on the com­mu­nity.

‘‘It’s very dif­fi­cult to find those who il­le­gally dump rub­bish as it of­ten oc­curs at night. Sel­dom do we find ev­i­dence of the cul­prit in the rub­bish it­self, and of­ten what we find in rub­bish isn’t nec­es­sar­ily proof. Usu­ally proof would come from some­one who wit­nesses some­one dump­ing rub­bish. In this case the per­pe­tra­tors can be fined un­der the Lit­ter Act 1979, or the mat­ter could be es­ca­lated to the po­lice.’’

Dumpers face a fine of up to $5000. In the case that the rub­bish was likely to hurt some­body, it’s a fine of up to $7500, and up to one month in prison.

Rub­bish dumped il­le­gally on Fin­lays Rd in West Mel­ton, which was pho­tographed and re­ported by Tony Robb.

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