Adelaide Plains Council will trial the use of portable cameras to tackle the issue of illegal rubbish dumping in the council area.
The dumping of rubbish on the side of quiet roads has been an issue for both Playford and APC for many years.
Photos of rubbish freshly discarded often emerge on community social media pages, residents angry their roads and their region are targeted by this nuisance, and indeed, criminal behaviour.
A considerable amount of rubbish on Dawkins and Boundary Roads in Lewiston recently drew attention from major news outlets to the enormity of the problem.
Some members of the public believe the illegal dumping occurs due to the high cost of proper disposal, with some dumpers traveling from neighbouring regions, contributing to waste dumped by local horticultural growers.
Unfortunately, the entire community ends up paying as the council incurs the cost of removing and properly disposing of the rubbish using rates collected from residents.
APC Mayor, Mark Wasley, said council is burdened between $50 000 and $80 000 annually for the cost of cleaning up illegally dumped rubbish and over the last four years collected over 320 tonnes of this rubbish through the council area.
“Illegally dumped rubbish is a community concern as it is unsightly and presents a danger to public safety through hazardous/deleterious materials being dumped in public spaces,” he said.
Illegal dumping is a criminal offence, and if caught hefty fees are issued, responsibility resting with councils to police this activity
The use of portable cameras in other council areas has helped reduce illegally dumped rubbish to certain hot spots and APC will trial the use of portable cameras this year.
“The cost to purchase two portable cameras was in the order of $1,500, however, the trial and set up costs are unknown at this stage; with this to occur in early 2019,” Mr Wasley explained.
City of Playford Mayor, Glenn Docherty, said Playford Council has been using portable cameras in dumping hotspots for the past 18 months and, along with an ongoing educational process via council communications, social media and door knocking, has proved a successful deterrent to illegal dumping.
By implementing a new data program council staff are able to record, via GPS, dumping locations which allows them to predict where future dumping may occur.
“Cost savings from our illegal dumping campaign have resulted in Council providing increased services, meaning residents can now access two at-call hard-waste pick-ups per year, or they can dispose of the rubbish at NAWMA themselves – using one of two vouchers available to them per year,” said Mr Docherty.
“As we close this year, we expect to record 600 less incidents of illegal dumping.”
“This will see a reduction of 1800 dumping incidents in our community in the past two years.
“It is a myth that people dump because it is too expensive, as most of the rubbish we find illegally dumped can be disposed of for free at NAWMA.”