Getting caught is about to become an expensive affair for those who litter.
Auckland Council has introduced a new graduated fines system for those caught illegally dumping and littering.
The new fees that will come into effect on November 1 consolidate the fines systems of the seven former city councils.
The council's regulatory and bylaws committee chairman Des Morrison says there is no reason for people to be dumping rubbish and hazardous material.
"It makes our city look untidy and poses a health risk," he says.
"Council and other providers offer plenty of opportunities to dispose of rubbish properly either through kerbside and regular inorganic collections or refuse transfer stations."
Collecting rubbish and removing illegally dumped waste costs the council around $6 million each year.
Mayor Len Brown says the fines show the council is serious about dealing with the damage litter and illegal dumping does to communities.
A survey shows 48 per cent of people thought a $400 instant fine for illegal dumping was fair and reasonable and 40 per cent thought it should be more.
"Some people might argue these fines are too tough but the research shows most people back a tough stance," he says.
● Dumping less than one litre of rubbish in a public place, or in a private place without the owner's consent will incur a fine of $100
● Dumping between one and 20 litres, the equivalent of two plastic shopping bags full, will cost $150 for the first offence
● Leaving between 20 litres and 120 litres, about as much as would fit in a red lid wheelie bin, will result in a fine of $250
● Leaving more than 120 litres or depositing hazardous or offensive litter, such as used baby nappies and rotting food, will incur a fine of $400
● People caught subsequently in the same year for any of the offences will be fined $400.
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