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Surveillance cameras will be installed in illegal dumping hotspots around the Shire of Augusta Margaret River in the coming weeks in a bid tackle instances of littering and harmful waste disposal.
The move coincides with an overhaul of the local waste management system that seeks to promote recycling and sustainability while seeking to create greater equity amongst ratepayers.
Shire Waste Manager Ruth Levett said most local residents were increasingly recognising the importance of responsible waste management and living sustainably, but a few bad eggs were dumping their waste causing expensive clean up exercises.
“The Shire and the wonderful local community have made significant headway in getting our waste services more streamlined, user-friendly and equitable,” she said.
“There has been tremendous feedback and support regarding the bin audit, the introduction of Shire-wide tip passes and the expansion of the kerbside collection services.
“There is certainly no excuse to be dumping unwanted items in the bush, or on the side of the road, or on someone else’s land.
“We all have affordable and equitable access to waste facilities and services, under a fair and transparent user-pays system.
Ms Levett said more improvements are slated for 2018, including expanding the bin audit to commercial properties.
“Our very immediate goal is to drastically reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by reducing consumption in the first instance, and then reusing and recycling what is required to be used,” she said.
“This will obviously benefit the local environment and benefit us in the hip pocket by eventually resolve the need for a waste levy in our rates notice, saving ratepayers up to $200 per year.”
Ranger Coordinator Mick Reagan said he had met with surveillance officers in previous weeks to consider a strategy for catching offenders.
“The officers will be using cameras that can change automatically from day to night time to ensure we can capture evidence and identify people who offend at any time,” he said.
“Rangers will be vigilant in investigating all instances of dumped rubbish and pursuing prosecution where possible.
“We shouldn’t have anybody dumping rubbish in our Shire and effectively passing the responsibility of disposing of their waste onto someone else.”
Under the Litter Act 1979, the Shire works to clean up rubbish across the municipality and hold those who dump rubbish illegally accountable for their actions.
The maximum penalties for littering offences is $5000 for individuals and $10,000 for corporations.
Illegal dumping may be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1986, carrying a maximum penalty of $62,500 (individuals) and $125,000 (corporate bodies).
For more information on illegal dumping visit dwer.wa.gov.au
For more information on local waste and recycling services visit amrshire.wa.gov.au
To report dumped rubbish please phone 97805255 or email amrshire@amrshire.wa.gov.au

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