Rubbish dumping at forest raises concerns



Last week, The Post Newspaper received photographs from a regular Waiuku Forest user, who raised concerns about the dumping of rubbish near the entrance on Ghezzie Road.

Our reader expressed the concern about rubbish dumping, whose responsibility it was, and if was to continue, would there be the possibility of the forest discontinuing being open for public use.
Sue Duignan, General Manager Customer Support for Waikato Council, explained that they had not received any service requests to clear rubbish from the area. “The photographs appear to be taken within the forest entrance. The forest is private property and is owned by the Ministry, however any litter dumped on the road and berm is Council’s responsibility.
Our staff have been out to have a look at the Wilson Road entrance and the end of Ghezzie Road and have not found anything.”
Sue says if anyone sees dumped rubbish they should call Waikato Council on 0800 492 452 and report it. “We will collect it as soon as practicable, and certainly within five days. We make efforts to identify people that dump their
rubbish but we do need the community’s help in identifying those responsible. We urge people to report any dumping they see, and record any details of the vehicle involved (including the registration plate, colour, make and model of the vehicle) and the time of day so the appropriate legal action can be taken. By working together we can keep our district litter free.”

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