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

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Arming Police: Frontline Police To Routinely Carry Tasers

"In making the decision, the Police executive has considered almost five years worth of 'use of force' data… It consistently shows that the Taser is one of the least injury-causing tactical options available when compared with other options, with a subject injury rate of just over one per cent for all deployments." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises

Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>

ALSO:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news