Calls to ‘dob in a dumper’ to stop illegal littering
INCREASING reports of residents illegally dumping waste on the Coffs Coast has sparked calls for action by the NSW Environment Protection Agency.
Bellingen and Coffs Harbour councils have recently seen more waste being dumped outside designated areas, including an offender authorities say dumped five loads of used carpet and underlay in Bonville in February.
In response, the two councils have joined forces with other local government organisations on the Mid North Coast, the Forests Corporation and National Parks and Wildlife to collect data on the quantity and type of illegal dumping in our region.
The data, to be collated by the EPA, will inform a clean-up and prevention campaign that will be developed later this year.
Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight encouraged residents to report information to help in the prevention program.
"The report to the EPA will provide a great tool to help manage illegal bumping in the Coffs Harbour local government area," Cr Knight said.
"Preventing this sort of behaviour and reducing illegal dumping enhances the environment in which we all enjoy living."
The EPA encouraged people to report information by uploading photos of illegal dumping, confirming the location and details such as materials being dumped.
Information can be reported online or the Report to EPA mobile phone app.
The project is a NSW EPA initiative funded by the State's $58million package to tackle illegal dumping.
Funding has so far helped removed more than 2300 tonnes of waste and 192 tonnes of asbestos from public spaces across the state.
- EPA research shows common types of waste dumped are domestic rubbish (17%), green waste (17%), white goods (10%) and tyres (7%).
- The research found people who were aware of legal disposal methods were no less likely to dump waste.
- Cost avoidance was a key factor for businesses to dump waste.