Dob in a dumper
Published on 01 May 2019
Residents are being asked to dob in a dumper as Nillumbik Shire Council cracks down on the amount of junk dumped almost daily across the municipality.
Council is also looking at installing CCTV cameras at known dumping hot spots and is asking residents to not only report rubbish that is dumped, but sightings of any culprits in action, to help bring them to justice. Residents are being asked to phone the 24-hour EPA hotline or Council.
Mayor Karen Egan said figures showed Council was incurring significant costs each year picking up rubbish and taking it to the transfer station.
Cr Egan said not only residents but also businesses were dumping rubbish including matrasses, dozens of tyres, burnt-out old cars, television sets, household waste, builders’ rubble and even asbestos across the Shire, often at night.
“It’s disgraceful! What makes it worse is every time asbestos is dumped, Council has to call in a special hazardous waste team to dispose of it.”
There were 852 callouts from residents over dumped rubbish from 1 July 2018 to 1 March 2019 – that works out to on average 30 callouts a week.
On a bad day, council officers can make up to four trips a day to the transfer station.
The situation has been ongoing for many years and is getting worse.
Council is able to issue fines ranging from $200 to $322 – but the penalty can be around $5000 if it goes to court, particularly if asbestos is involved.
Environment and Sustainability Chair Cr Jane Ashton said catching the culprits was very difficult.
“Last week alone so much rubbish was dumped that Council had to put on two extra trucks and take four extra staff members off their normal duties to help out.”
“People are dumping rubbish to avoid having to pay costs at the transfer station. But their selfish actions means the cost of this is borne by all the ratepayers,” Cr Ashton said.
“Dumping rubbish is not only expensive but it degrades the environment and makes our beautiful Shire look messy. The money spent on this could be used for other community services.”
Cr Ashton urged residents to consult Council’s website on how to responsibly dispose of rubbish and to use their one booked hard waste collection a year.
The 24-hour EPA hotline is on 1300 372 842 or phone Council customer service on 9433 3111.