We heartily endorse the sentiments contained in the recent letter ‘Illegal Rubbish Dumping’. My family members regularly drive from the top of the Awhitu Peninsula to Waiuku. The amount of roadside rubbish we witness is horrifying, and whilst it increases in volume closer to Waiuku, there are multitudes of cans, bottles, cartons, plastic along every metre blighting our landscape right up to the tip of the Peninsula.
Mayor Phil Goff announced welcome measures to counteract ‘illegal dumping’ earlier this year, including an 0800 hotline to report dumpers. However, our understanding is that the definition of ‘illegal dumping’ is two or more rubbish sacks, or large items such as couches. Therefore the thoughtless people who regularly chuck pieces of rubbish from vehicles do not meet the definition of illegal dumpers, they are just uncaring idiots. So if we witness this happening, can we take any action?
It would be a wonderful initiative by The Post to investigate this very real (and growing) problem further, to raise the issue in a public forum and ask ‘just what can be done’? How are other areas tackling this? How often does our roadside rubbish get collected by Council? The awful state of our roadside verges is certainly distressing to those of us who care for the state of our environment, our waterways and our Harbour. Let alone the picture presented to visitors looking to enjoy our ‘clean, green’ environment.
One thing is for sure. In our relatively rural area of Auckland, the roadside rubbish cleaning schedule is not going to happen more frequently unless numbers of us phone Council to complain about the increasingly poor state of our roadside verges. If you care, we urge you to take the time to do just that. It seems to have been a very long time since this rubbish was removed from the Awhitu Peninsula.
Name supplied, Franklin.