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Bin it or face a fine

SIMON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 31/10/2012
Desley Flavell
SIMON SMITH/ Fairfax NZ
BAD BEHAVIOUR: This spot near a bus stop on Kilkenny Dr in Dannemora is often used to dump plastic bags full of rubbish. Put them in the nearby bin across the road instead, Desley Flavell says.

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New rules that punish littering cannot come soon enough for a resident who has been picking up other people's rubbish for four years.

Most days Desley Flavell finds plastic shopping bags full of trash dumped on the roadside around Kilkenny and Middlefield Drives in East Auckland.

"On the way to work I pick them up and I keep a bin in my car. I keep them in the bin and on rubbish day I put them out with my own rubbish."

New Auckland Council rules will mean people caught dumping the bags could be fined $150 from tomorrow.

If they do it again within a year they could be fined $400 for each subsequent offence.

Ms Flavell is not just concerned about the mess of bags blowing on to the road but also about animals being hit by traffic while sniffing at meaty discards, which is something she has seen happen.

The bags sometimes contain household refuse but are usually the remains of lunches.

"People have been somewhere and had their lunch, wrapped their lunch in a supermarket bag and just either thrown it out the window of their car or just stopped and dumped it on the side of the road," she says.

Ms Flavell used to go through the bags looking for identification as she "would have gone and seen the people", but she never found any.

"They need to take their plastic bags home to their own rubbish tin or they need to take them to their nearest public rubbish bin, which are available in all parks."

People who see anyone dumping rubbish should note down the car registration number and call Auckland Council on 301 0101, she says.

"Hopefully they'll get fined."

PENALTIES:

From tomorrow there will be new fines for littering and dumping rubbish. The fines increase with the severity of dumping.

Less than a litre of rubbish – $100

Between one litre and 20 litres, or two full plastic shopping bags – $150

Between 20 litres and 120 litres – $250

More than 120 litres – $400

Dumping hazardous or offensive waste – $400

A second littering offence within a year – $400 

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