Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Councils work together to discourage rubbish dumping

Media Release

26 March 2014

Councils work together to discourage rubbish dumping

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is working closely with Hastings District Council and Napier City Council to reduce the incidence of dumping and to prosecute those who trash the region’s public places.

Rubbish is too often deliberately dumped in the region’s parks, drains, reserves, river edges and roadsides. It’s found when people – out to enjoy the region’s usually beautiful scenic spaces – stumble upon bags of refuse, residential waste and sometimes animal carcasses.

The issue was brought to light again recently during the Triple Peaks Challenge, with runners and walkers having to step over nappies and other household rubbish dumped down a bank in Te Mata Park.

Waste minimisation and pollution response staff from each council are working together to address the issue. They record the location of dumped rubbish, the date, time, amount and type of rubbish with a view to prosecuting all culprits.

Hastings District Council Waste Minimisation Officer Dominic Salmon says Hastings District has been reviewing how staff handle illegal dumping.

“We are streamlining our reporting and investigations to speed up our response to each incident. Officers have already issued an infringement notice relating to the high profile Te Mata Peak incident.”

Mr Salmon says that offenders may believe they are saving a few dollars by illegally dumping their rubbish. “However considering they could receive an infringement notice of between $100 and $400 or if successfully prosecuted, a fine of $7500, this looks to be a far costlier option.”

Under the provisions of the Resource Management Act, HBRC finds it extremely difficult to enforce rubbish dumping, whereas the Litter Act enforced by city and district councils has provision to prosecute offenders.

Wayne Wright, manager HBRC’s Pollution Response team says that councils rely on the public to report dumping. “We have mobile and stationery cameras in a number of locations which helps with detection and finding these culprits. If people are seen dumping rubbish in public places, please note their vehicle registration and pass this on to HBRC’s 24/7 Hotline so we can take enforcement action.”

Anyone with information on illegal dumping can call HBRC’s Pollution Hotline 0800 108 838.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gaza.Scoop: Another Israeli Attack On A Hospital

Israeli tanks attacked Al Aqsa hospital in Deir Al Balah, killing five patients and doctors, and injuring more than 70.

The third and fourth floors, housing the emergency department, orthopaedic department, surgical department, and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) were destroyed. Operating theatres had to cease work because of the lack of oxygen.

Patients are being evacuated to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, and the European Gaza Hospital between Rafah and Khan Younes. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Illegal Search: Police Behaviour 'Reminiscent Of Tūhoe Raids'

"Māori will lose further trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) if the recent incident in Stratford is not adequately addressed. This behaviour would not occur in Epsom or Khandallah so why should police think that such behaviour was acceptable in Stratford," says Chris McKenzie. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Dotcom Emails

The Dotcom residency decision fails any number of sniff tests... Why, then, was it approved? Here we get into the realm of the “INZ being under political pressure” to approve Dotcom’s application. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shonky Police Statistics, And The Israeli Air Strikes On Gaza

When people systematically alter how being statistics are recorded in order to gain personal and organisational advantage, that’s usually when the Police get called in. Yet in the case of the burglary statistics in Counties-Manakau, it was the Police doing the fudging and – at the time – it was then-Police Minister Judith Collins claiming the credit... More>>

ALSO:

'Clean Rivers': Green Party Launches Key Election Priority

The Green Party will make a series of announcements over the course of the election campaign in which it will outline the specifics of how it will clean up our rivers and protect our beaches. In the first of these announcements the party launched its plan for clean rivers. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news