Campaign aims to tackle illegal dumping

Western Plains Regional Council received $47,000 in funding under Round 2 of the NSW EPA’s Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Program, which has been used to roll out a campaign targeting the issue of illegal dumping.

The campaign includes increased surveillance and signposting as well as an educational component.

“Over 20 ‘Report Illegal Dumping’ signs have been installed across the local area, and surveillance of dumping hot spots has increased,” Council’s Manager of Environmental Control Debbie Archer said.

“In addition, a simple ‘4 Step Guide’ for legally disposing of unwanted household items in the Dubbo area has been developed as part of a targeted education campaign to increase residents understanding of lawful waste disposal, the negative impacts of illegal dumping, and the associated heavy fines,” Ms Archer said.

“Illegal dumping is a practice that pollutes the environment, poses a safety risk to community members and detracts from the general appearance of the local area. It is also a practice that costs Council thousands of dollars every year to clean up, so we are asking residents to really get behind this campaign, dispose of their waste responsibly, and report any dumped waste.

“A number of local businesses are showing their support for the campaign by distributing the Guide to their customers. Council would like to thank its community partners for their support, including Bob Berry Real Estate, Elders Real Estate, Housing NSW, and Redden & Hansen Real Estate."

If you spot illegal dumping in the local area you can now use your smart phone to report any illegal dumping activity. Simply visit ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au, enter the type of waste, location, and add a photo to submit your report.

For more information on how to make a report or for a copy of the Guide residents are encouraged to visit Council’s website (www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au) or call the Dubbo branch Customer Service Desk on 6801 4000.

The NSW EPA’s Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Program forms part of the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative and is funded from the waste levy. Through the Program local councils are supported to identify local illegal dumping sites and implement prevention and clean up action on publicly managed land.

MEDIA CONTACT

Debbie Archer
Council’s Manager of Environmental Control
Ph: (02) 6801 4000.

 

Last Edited: 20 May 2016

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