Protect the Peninsula – Dob in a dumper
Published on 09 October 2018
Mornington Peninsula Shire has had enough of dumped waste in our reserves, foreshore, beaches, streets and parks and is calling on the community to help report and fine those illegally ditching rubbish on the Peninsula.
Council spends more than $700,000 per year cleaning up the mess left behind by illegally dumped waste with more than 2300 reported cases of illegal dumping in 2017.
In the first five months of 2018, 1532 cases had already been reported.
Illegal dumping is a crime and can incur on the spot fines. Council will prosecute dumpers with penalties of up to $9500.
The Shire urges residents to continue being diligent and take note of the time, date, location and item of dumped waste as well as any identifying information such as vehicle registration or vehicle signage when reporting.
The Shire is taking steps to discourage illegal dumping including:
- Patrols around dumping hot spots
- Installation of mobile CCTV cameras in known dumping areas
- Installation of fences, gates, rocks and bollards to prevent vehicle access to reserves.
Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said “illegal dumping poses a serious threat to our wildlife and can lead to contamination of land, waterways and groundwater.
“There’s plenty of ways to do the right thing with a long list of items able to be disposed of for little or no cost at our resource recovery centres.
“It’s not hard to do the right thing, anyone who isn’t able to get to the centre can use your rates vouchers to book a kerbside collection”.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to use the Shire’s Resource Recovery Centres to dispose of their waste.
Free items you can drop off at the centres include: household recyclables; steel goods (excluding fridges & air conditioners); bikes; computers; televisions; paint (up to 100L); gas cylinders (up to 9 kg); motor oil (up to 20L); fluorescent globes and tubes and batteries.
For a full list of items you can dispose of for free, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/wasteguide
Report dumped waste by calling 1300 850 600 or report a problem online at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/dobinadumper
PICTURE DETAILS: A trailer full of rubbish (trailer included) dumped on the side of Limestone Road in front of Boneo Primary School.