One Pukekohe woman came across a person attempting to put their waste in her bin when she went to take the bin out one night.
She currently pays Waste Management for her bins, and says this person should be paying for their own rubbish removal. However it’s not the regular waste bins being targeted by green waste. Green waste is biodegradable and includes garden materials like grass clippings and weeds.
“I found some bird of paradise clippings in my bin. I don’t even have those plants in in my garden,” she said.
Parul Sood, General Manager of Waste Solutions for Auckland Council said, “If a resident has put their approved container out for collection on collection day—whether it is rubbish, recycling or green waste—and someone else puts material in without their consent, it is considered illegal dumping. This is an offense, which Auckland Council may investigate with the possibility of prosecution under the Solid Waste Bylaw or issue a Litter Infringement Notice, which carries a fine of between $100 and $400.”
She said Council can only carry out investigations if there is sufficient evidence or an eyewitness report. “Residents should contact Auckland Council on 09 301 0101 to report such instances for investigation”. In the meantime, Parul suggests people take extra care with their bins.
“We recommend that residents keep their bins on their property, away from the entrance, until collection day, and to bring them back in as soon as possible after collection, which will reduce the opportunity for other people to dump rubbish in them,” she said.
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