Cameras to catch dumpers

City of Canning security officer Clayton with one of the mobile cameras that will be used to film people who are illegally dumping hard waste. Picture: Elle Borgward d397725
City of Canning security officer Clayton with one of the mobile cameras that will be used to film people who are illegally dumping hard waste. Picture: Elle Borgward d397725

After receiving recent complaints from local residents, the City of Canning’s patrol and security service has deployed one of the camera units in Gochean Avenue in Cannington.

The CCTV camera units will be used as a deterrent to illegal dumping and will work to capture images of anyone illegally discarding waste.

Rod from Riverton, who did not want his surname to be published, said he had gone to the council several times to report illegal dumping, but no action had been taken.

‘The illegal dumping in some areas is disgusting and something needs to be done immediately to stop people throwing their rubbish around,’ he said.

‘Bushlands and parks near my home are being polluted with rubbish and I hope these new camera units will be placed in more areas than one to fight against those who don’t respect the environment.’

City of Canning comm- issioner Linton Reynolds is positive the cameras will help combat the issue.

‘While the use of the cameras could lead to offenders being fined or prosecuted, it is also hoped that their use will act as a deterrent to people dumping on this site,’ Mr Reynolds said.

‘We would like to ensure that people dispose of their waste legally and in accordance with the City of Canning’s hard waste collection.’

The CCTV camera units had already been deployed in Pagoda Lane in response to resident complaints about hooning behaviour and vandalism along Albany Highway. The units record continuously and provide high- resolution footage with a wide field of vision.

Mr Reynolds said City staff were working hard to stamp out the illegal dumping of waste.