Roadside rubbish dumpers cost thousands
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.