Punish but not prevent
The Mayor Phil Goff has launched an initiative to “combat” illegal dumping currently plaguing Auckland.
From the Office of the Mayor Phil Goff:
Mayor Goff announces new mayoral led initiative to crack down on illegal dumping
Mayor Phil Goff today announced significant new resources to tackle illegal dumping in Auckland, unveiled as part of a new mayoral led initiative, including a new 0800 hotline to report dumpers.
Mayor Phil Goff said, “Illegal roadside rubbish dumping has blighted our city, harmed our environment and burdened ratepayers with the costs of clean-up. I’m sick and tired of it, Aucklanders are sick and tired of it and I’m calling on members of the public to help us tackle the problem.
“Since I started raising the issue over the summer holidays the public have told me they want action. That is what we are delivering.”
The Mayor said that to help Council to act, people need to report illegal dumping and help Council with any evidence that may lead to prosecutions.
“We have made it easier for people to report illegal dumping by setting up 0800 NODUMP – a dedicated phone line to simplify the reporting process.
“I’m calling on our communities not to accept the irresponsible actions of a few individuals and cowboy commercial outfits, and to report illegal dumping.”
Other actions being rolled out include hiring additional enforcement staff, doubling the number of surveillance cameras in hotspot areas and speeding up the process to clean up dumped material in public areas.
Alongside those measures the Mayor said Auckland Council was improving its communications to help better inform the public about inorganic collections, recycling and ways to reduce their waste.
“People have been asking for better information on what they can do with their residential waste. We have made this material more accessible through the makethemostofwaste.co.nz website, and improved the council website to make it easier to find out about inorganic collections.”
Posters are also being distributed to libraries, leisure centres and service centres across Auckland explaining 0800 NODUMP and directing people to further information.
Mayoral led initiative on illegal dumping – at a glance:
$200k has been allocated to fund:
- 0800 NODUMP hotline
- Doubling the number of surveillance cameras in dumping hotspots.
- Hire of three additional enforcement staff, bringing the total to nine.
- Speeding up the process to clean up dumped material in public areas
- Funding to proactively respond to all illegal dumping reports and comments on social media channels including council, community and political.
- Additional contractor resource of $40,000 to clear backlog in the South
- Improving communications around recycling, inorganic collections and waste reduction.
So we are looking at the punitive end but not the prevention end such as:
- Working with Government to crack down on excessive plastic packaging from products
- Making Transfer stations accessible and equitable
- Making the drop off of e-waste, paint buckets, used oil and tires more accessible and equitable
We might find if we get those three prevention measures in place first then illegal dumping (and also the reliance on the inorganic) would decrease significantly.
Having rubbish collectors also publicly licenced and having to publicly display such a licence when advertising would also assist with fly by dumpers who hit the Community Facebook pages saying “$100 to fill a trailer and we take the trash away” (or equivalent of) given the prices of skips and transfer stations (what stations there are) are advertised.
Just a note that the Council waste website has nothing on E-waste, oil, paint buckets and tires (often the biggest contributors to illegal dumping): http://www.makethemostofwaste.co.nz/rubbish/
Update: I found it – in small text under the inorganic tab and then clicking Other Disposal options rather than being on the front page: http://www.makethemostofwaste.co.nz/inorganic-collection/other-disposal-options/
I think I might have found our problem…..