Wasting money on illegal dumping

City of Playford Council spends close to one million dollars per annum on illegal waste dumping and councillors are working to reduce this cost by educating residents on waste management services.

“Illegal dumping is a costly nuisance,” Playford Councillor, Clint Marsh said.

“This amount of money could be diverted to other initiatives that could better service our community.

“It is unfair and unacceptable for the City of Playford community to foot the bill.”

The dumping of illegal waste cannot be entirely blamed on local residents, however Cr Marsh is hoping to spread awareness regarding waste management services afforded to ratepayers.

“Residents in the City of Playford seemingly don’t understand the entitlements they can access when it comes to waste disposal,” he said.

Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA) is owned by three northern councils and is a leader in the waste disposal and recycling industry.

Cr Marsh said residents of Playford council are entitled to a number of waste management services but many are unaware.

Services include:

– Weekly red lid collection

– Fortnightly yellow lid collection

– Fortnightly green lid collection (upfront fee for the purchase of the bin only)

– 2x hard waste collections per year

– Free chemical container disposal at NAWMA

– Ability to upsize bins or have additional bins (yearly fee applies).

City of Playford Council Deputy Mayor, Marilyn Baker, also hopes to reduce the costly venture of picking up after illegal dumpers.

“I find it incredibly frustrating and saddened that the City of Playford has to spend in the region of one million dollars collecting illegally dumped rubbish, particularly when we have a state-of-the-art waste disposal centre in Playford,” she said.

“This money could have been far better used for services our residents really want.

“Anything not wanted can be disposed of in an appropriate manner at NAWMA.   

“Anyone can drop off their electronic goods, from televisions to hair curlers, free of charge.

“Our school children are becoming more and more aware of the necessity of recycling to reduce landfill.”

For more information on waste management services please call City of Playford Council on (08) 8256 0333, NAWMA (08) 8259 2100, or head to https://www.playford.sa.gov.au/live/environment-and-waste/waste-management

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