Culprits fined for illegal dumping
Five offenders were slapped with a $400 fine in the last week for illegally dumping rubbish in Waipā.
The fines come off the back of information provided by the public on cases of illegal dumping, which Waipā District Council’s enforcement team leader Ken Danby said is a “huge issue”.
An offender was filmed by a member of the public tipping rubbish out of his trailer onto the side of the road on O’Regan Road in Ohaupo, a common illegal dumping area, Danby said.
“A video was passed onto our team, which is a reminder to everyone that most people have cameras on their phones and won’t hesitate to provide footage of this nature to us,” he said.
In Pirongia, residents witnessed rubbish being thrown out of a car window. Swift action led to photographs of the vehicle and litter being provided to Council.
In Wharepapa South, about 20 minutes from Te Awamutu, an offender was captured on security cameras dropping off seven boxes of gib sheet off-cuts.
Two other offenders dumped rubbish on Peake Road in Cambridge and behind shops on George Street in Te Awamutu.
“In both cases, we were able to trace back documentation to the offenders, which is a great result,” Danby said.
At $400 per infringement, the illegal dumping fines go some way towards recovering the costs incurred by Council to investigate and clean-up after illegal dumping. But Danby said it’s not enough.
“It costs ratepayers to clear it and makes our district look terrible,” he said.
“Members of the public get very angry with this type of offending. We’re very grateful that they take enough pride in our district to help us find the culprits.”
An infringement fine for littering is $400 and the maximum fine upon conviction at court for litter is $5,000 for an individual or $20,000 for a body corporate.
An Envirowaste rubbish bag currently costs $3.89, with local transfer stations available in Cambridge and Te Awamutu for people to dispose of unwanted goods or rubbish correctly.