The significant increase in illegal dumping across Auckland comes as no surprise as the city continues to rapidly grow with houses being squeezed onto every available piece of land with tiny sections, leaving people nowhere to store rubbish and inorganic material.
The cost of using privately owned transfer stations can also be prohibitively expensive for many on low income being squeezed by rising rents, rates and electricity prices.
If Mayor Phil Goff and Auckland Council want to take control of the illegal dumping issue and the risk it puts on the environment and communities, the council should build a modern waste to energy plant along with establishing its own free transfer stations across the city to supply it. The electricity produced could be sold to the national grid to help offset the cost of the operation and would be helping solve two of Auckland’s problems in one go.
I. Broome, Pukekohe
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