New initiative to crack down on illegal dumping

Mayor Phil Goff has announced significant new resources to tackle illegal dumping in Auckland, unveiled as part of a new mayoral led initiative, including a new 0800 hotline to report dumpers.

Mayor Phil Goff said, “Illegal roadside rubbish dumping has blighted our city, harmed our environment and burdened ratepayers with the costs of clean-up. I’m sick and tired of it, Aucklanders are sick and tired of it and I’m calling on members of the public to help us tackle the problem.

“Since I started raising the issue over the summer holidays the public have told me they want action. That is what we are delivering.”

The Mayor said that to help Council to act, people need to report illegal dumping and help Council with any evidence that may lead to prosecutions.

“We have made it easier for people to report illegal dumping by setting up 0800 NODUMP – a dedicated phone line to simplify the reporting process.

“I’m calling on our communities not to accept the irresponsible actions of a few individuals and cowboy commercial outfits, and to report illegal dumping.”

Other actions being rolled out include hiring additional enforcement staff, doubling the number of surveillance cameras in hotspot areas and speeding up the process to clean up dumped material in public areas.

Alongside those measures the Mayor said Auckland Council was improving its communications to help better inform the public about inorganic collections, recycling and ways to reduce their waste.

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