Monday, March 19, 2018

Illegal dumping is a costly task

David Lee January 25, 2017

WITH illegal dumping costing the local community over $150,000 a year, Greater Shepparton City Council and Parks Victoria are calling on people to do the right thing and dispose of unwanted goods and rubbish correctly. Both organisations are working together to reduce illegal dumping particularly near waterways, bushland and along roadsides.

Illegal dumping can vary significantly from a small bag of rubbish to large household goods such as white goods, mattresses and furniture or building materials, abandoned cars, car parts and hazardous waste such as asbestos, tyres or chemical drums in isolated areas.

Greater Shepparton City Council Director Infrastructure, Steve Bowmaker said illegal dumping can cause significant issues including contamination of land, waterways and groundwater.

“Illegal dumping also threatens wildlife and their habitats including fish, turtles and platypus and can be a fire hazard. There are also impacts to tourism and local business as a result of illegal dumping.

“It is not fair that the community is forced to pay over $150,000 annually to clean up after people who can’t or won’t take their unwanted goods to their closest resource recovery centre to be recycled or disposed of. Illegal dumping also results in a lost opportunity to reuse or recycle dumped materials.

“If people see cases of illegal dumping, they are encouraged to report these to the relevant organisation,” Mr Bowmaker said.

Parks Victoria ranger team leader, Neville Wells said, “It’s up to all of us to do our bit to make sure our beautiful parks and natural places are kept in great shape for everyone to enjoy. We are asking the community to help be our eyes and ears out in the bush and report people doing the wrong thing.”

Instances of illegal dumping can be reported to Parks Victoria on 13 19 63 or via email at [email protected], to the EPA Pollution Hotline on 1300 372 842 and Greater Shepparton City Council on 5832 9700.