Stop Fly Tippers Doing The Dirty
13 March 2013
Stop Fly Tippers Doing The
Tonnes of household rubbish is illegally
dumped on roadsides and reserves in Taranaki every year –
and everyone has a part to play in stopping it, say those
who must clean up the mess.
The region’s Councils
want people to immediately report any fly tipping or
evidence of fly tipping.
“It’s a big problem –
environmentally, financially and aesthetically,” says
Taranaki Regional Councillor Neil Walker, who chairs the
Taranaki Solid Waste Management Committee made up of the
region’s four Councils.
“Cleaning it up wastes
valuable time and resources, while the illegally dumped
rubbish itself can easily pollute waterways, and/or create a
health hazard, for example by attracting vermin.”
people see illegal dumping taking place, or find rubbish
that’s been illegally dumped, they should immediately
contact their District Council. “Any details such as a
licence plate number, or a photo of the perpetrators, would
be most useful,” says Cr Walker.
Fines can be
substantial – up to $20,000 if prosecutions are taken
under the Resource Management Act.
Cr Walker says those
who make a habit of illegal dumping need to get the message
that they are “doing the dirty” on their
“They may think they’re saving money but
they are adding to the financial and environmental burden of
the whole community, including themselves,” he says.
“Much of the illegal dumping occurs on reserves, so it
also blights our image for visitors and
Alternatives to fly tipping:
Council transfer stations for recycling and refuse
• Recycling through second-hand shops and
• Mulching and
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