A NEW sign that is hoped to deter locals from illegally dumping rubbish has been erected at a popular dumping site in Shepparton.
With illegal dumping costing the local community over $150,000 a year, Greater Shepparton City Council, River Connect and Parks Victoria are calling on people to do the right thing and dispose of unwanted goods and rubbish correctly.
Greater Shepparton City Council Acting Director Infrastructure, Michael Freeman said the environmental and social costs of illegal dumping far exceed just the financial cost.
“Illegal dumping can cause long term impacts including contamination of land, waterways and groundwater,” Michael said.
“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.
“With a long weekend and cray fishing opening season around the corner, all campers and holiday makers are encouraged to do the right thing and dispose of unwanted goods and rubbish in the right bins or at their nearest resource recovery centre.
“Parks Victoria employs a carry in, carry out policy in all parks throughout Victoria, including the Shepparton Regional Park.
“Since February Parks Victoria has collected and taken 5867 kilograms of waste to landfill from 43 illegal dumps. Parks Victoria has collected 23 mattresses and 51 tyres for recycling with a total of 27 illegal dumps waiting to be collected.
“Illegal dumping significantly impacts our waterways and native wildlife as well as local tourism. If people see cases of illegal dumping, they are encouraged to report these to the relevant organisation.”
Instances of illegal dumping can be reported to Parks Victoria on 1319 63 or via email at [email protected], the EPA Pollution Hotline 1300 372 842 or council on 5832 9700.