With more than 700 recoded incidents of illegal
dumping totalling 478 tonnes in 2016/17, the cost to council is
more than $100,000 a year.
Byron Shire Council has ramped up its campaign
targeting illegal dumping with surveillance and monitoring of
hotspot areas now underway.
Staff are patrolling suburbs looking for illegal
dumping and rubbish left on kerbsides, or footpaths, and in public
Councils Waste Education and Compliance Officer Kate
Akkerman, says that illegal dumping is a significant issue in the
In 2016/17 we recorded more than 700 incidents of
illegal dumping of all sorts of things including household rubbish,
furniture, mattresses and garden waste, she said.
Cleaning up rubbish from public areas is costing
Council more than $100,000 and that money could be better spent on
Ms Akkerman says the as well as increased monitoring
and surveillance of certain areas, council are expanding their use
of surveillance cameras, improving lighting and installing gates in
People can be fined up to $8,000 for leaving rubbish
on the footpath, she said.
Ms Akkerman says the most frequently asked question
is why we dont have an annual kerbside bulky waste collection
service. While we have offered this service in the past in Byron
Shire, it actually led to more illegal dumping.
People were dumping rubbish in large public piles and
leaving rubbish on the kerbside for months and it was not only
ugly, it was dangerous for pedestrians and harboured vermin such as
rats and mice.
It also resulted in the risk of pollution of
waterways and the natural environment.
All councils in the Northern Rivers, and many
councils across NSW have stopped offering kerbside collection
services for these reasons.
We now instead offer people a free annual drop-off of
up to 150kg of bulk waste and 500kg of green waste at the Myocum
Byron Resource and Recovery Centre in Myocum, said Ms Akkerman.
We are also encouraging our community to try and
reduce the volume, and take responsibility for, the waste we
generate. This can achieved through buying furniture/items that are
made to last, or by selling, reusing or donating old items that
still have life left in them
Byron Shire Council has received a $79,000 grant from
the NSW Environment Protection Authority funded by the Waste Levy
to help combat illegal dumping and this will be used for a range of
programs including education campaigns.