Rubbish-dumping costly

Illegal dumping costs the City of Canning about $50,000 a year to remove.
Rubbish-dumping costly
Rubbish-dumping costly
Illegal dumping costs the City of Canning about $50,000 a year to remove.

According to City chief executive Lyn Russell, the City spends about $50,000 a year cleaning up illegal dumping.

She said the dumping occurred all year round, most notably on weekends.

“(There’s) not really (peak dumping times). Illegal dumping occurs every weekend across the City of Canning,” she said.

“It is an offence under the Litter Act to dump, place, throw or deposit any material in a public place.”

Items dumped include fridges, woodchips, green waste and general rubbish.

Ferndale resident Russell Gardiner is among the ratepayers growing increasingly concerned with waste-dumping.

He said he often called the council to notify them of dumped waste, but at times he had been referred to a State authority due to land ownership.

Mr Gardiner said he regularly approached the City of Canning to remove items dumped around his suburb.

“(Dumping) is getting worse; it is as though people see things on the verge and think they can start putting things out as well,” he said.

Mr Gardiner recently reported dumped rubbish at the old Kinlock Primary School site in Ferndale.

The land, owned by the Housing Authority, was strewn with multiple items including tyres, tables and mulch and it cost taxpayers $467 for removal.

Acting general manager of commercial operations Gary Shaw said illegal dumping was a major issue.

“Illegal rubbish dumping on vacant land is an issue across the construction industry,” he said.

He said that in 2014-15, the Housing Authority spent $22,000 to remove illegally dumped rubbish from its vacant land holdings; a decrease of $14,000 on the previous financial year.

Ms Russell urged community members to be vigilant.

“Members of the community should try to write down the plate number of the vehicle, address or a description of the offender and report it to the City’s rangers immediately,” she said.

“If they have a camera phone on them, a photo of the offence would be very useful.”