The City has received 567 illegal dumping complaints since January 1 compared to 373 complaints in the same period in 2012, .
Illegal dumping in the city is subject to an on-the-spot fine of $200, or prosecution. Under WA State Government laws, individuals face a maximum fine of $2000 and corporations $10,000 for illegal dumping.
But prosecuting illegal dumpers is difficult as much of the dumping takes place under cover of darkness.
One of the worst affected areas is Herdsman Parade, on a small vacant patch of land between two apartment blocks.
A Wembley Downs resident was recently fined $200 on the spot fine for dumping material that would have cost nothing to recycle.
City of Stirling ranger Dale Wright said he was able to track down the person after they dumped four plastic containers of paper waste that included tax documents with the resident’s address.
‘Their first response was to blame the City for reducing the verge collections,’ he said.
‘It’s bizarre because the documents they dumped, they could have taken this stuff down to Balcatta tip and because it’s all paper it wouldn’t have cost them a cent to get rid of.
‘There’s definitely a sheep mentality in it, just dumping because someone else has dumped there. Dealing with dumping and littering is probably 80 per cent of my work these days.’
Mayor David Boothman said people were using the change to the City’s verge collection policy as a convenient excuse.
‘This dumping issue is not unique to the City of Stirling,’ he said. ‘I did Clean Up Australia day a few weeks ago and after three or four hours we gave it away.
‘There were just tonnes and tonnes of crap, dumped on every part of every vacant block.’
Mr Wright urged local residents to take down the registration numbers of vehicles if they see someone dumping illegally.
‘That’s the thing we need residents to start doing,’ Mr Wright said. ‘You don’t need to confront the person, just write down their rego, give us a call and we’ll take care of it.’
Residents can report all acts of dumping to the City on |9205 8555.
They should note the number and description of the perpetrators’ vehicles as well as the make, colour, and the address of the location where the dumping occurs.