Eight months after a car ute canopy was dumped in a drain on Flygers Line, residents are still waiting for local authorities to clear it away.
"It was dumped at the same time as dozens of dirty nappies and they were cleared up, but the canopy is still there and I think it's a flood risk," said Ray Elliott.
Mr Elliott grows vegetables for the Salvation Army on a block of land on Flygers Line and said he often found people had dumped large amounts of rubbish and garden waste in front of the paddock gate so he couldn't get in.
"It's a popular spot for people to dump stuff and it's an eyesore. Sometimes the council comes quickly to clean it up but sometimes it can be sitting for a while."
Mr Elliott said he wanted to see people prosecuted who dumped rubbish illegally.
"I take down car number plates when I see them, but it's not just household rubbish, you see lawnmowing contractors dumping lawn clippings and tree prunings. It's disgusting."
Horizons Regional Council noted in an incident report that the ute canopy had been dumped in February and had made arrangements with Manawatu District Council to clear it away. When informed the canopy was still there, Horizons communications manager Caroline Rowe said the regional council would talk to the district council again. "We share the costs of cleanups with the various councils, depending on where the rubbish is dumped."
The Manawatu Standard called the district council to ask why the canopy had not been removed, but did not receive a reply before going to press.
Fly-tipping offenders can be prosecuted under local government legislation as well as police enforcement. Offences under the Litter Act carry a maximum fine of $5000 for individuals and $20,000 for businesses.
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