Litterbugs leave mess to avoid dump fees
A Tararua district councillor blames landfill and transfer station costs for the illegal dumping of rubbish in the region.
A trailer-load worth of waste, including an old double mattress, parts of a dismantled washing machine, discarded children's toys, green waste and household rubbish were dumped at Mangamaire Rd near Pahiatua, this week.
Three televisions were dumped outside Tararua District councillor Shirley Hull's property on Pukemiku Rd near Pahiatua last month, leaving broken glass, loose wiring and circuits boards exposed by her driveway.
Cr Hull said fly-tipping was common in rural areas.
"It's just the availability of the side of the road I suppose, and it looks like no-one drives past it, but obviously they do. You're always going to find people who won't want to go with the system and that's frustrating."
She was worried about cleanup costs falling back on ratepayers.
Cr Hull cleared the televisions left on her property by disposing of them properly. "It wasn't cheap but if people don't have the money, they'll just go and dump them wherever they can."
Prices for dumping rubbish at a Tararua landfill or transfer station range from $16 to $36.
Dannevirke Community Board chairman Ray Teahan brought a stretch of more than 20 metres of industrial waste to public attention last week, after it was dumped at the Queen St railway station. That included broken concrete bollards and pipes, rusted wire netting, glass bottles and bitumen.
Mr Teahan agreed the cost of using transfer stations contributed to illegal dumping.
"It's relatively expensive to dump at the tip - it's certainly not cheap to get rid of, that's for sure."
Tararua District Council waste and recycling co-ordinator Tracey Nikora said she was concerned dumpers were extending their reach to more isolated areas.
The council was trying to combat this by asking the public to call in and installing surveillance cameras at known dumping spots, like Poplars Reserve in Pahiatua, she said.
Miss Nikora said waste disposal costs were based on the cost of shipping the waste to Waipukurau.