Sick of the mess

July 14, 2017

Heathcote residents are tired of rubbish being ilegally dumped.

HEATHCOTE residents are sick and tired of the illegal rubbish dumping around town.

With an abundance of disposal methods, some at low and no cost, many residents don’t understand why it’s so hard to correctly dispose of waste.

An array of items have been discarded on roadsides and nature reserves throughout the district, including old carpet and microwaves.

Joan Underhill was shocked to discover someone had dumped everything bar the kitchen sink on the side of the Old Bendigo Rd recently.

“There was a hot water service, a gas heater, boxes, broken glass, plastic paint drums and a heap of spouting,” she said.

“There’s a trailer load of stuff that someone has tied to a tree and left.

“They could have just taken it to the dump or put it in the bin – it’s really not that difficult.”

Ms Underhill found a receipt with the rubbish and hoped it could be use by authorities to catch the perpetrator.

“Council said they couldn’t use it as evidence because I had moved it,” she said.

“Apparently if there is evidence I am supposed to leave it for council to collect, but I think the receipt would have blown away by the time they got to it.

“You get fined for dropping a piece of paper on the street but someone does this and they will probably get away with it.”

City of Greater Bendigo waste manager Brooke Pearce said members of the public have multiple avenues to report dumped litter.

“The public can contact the city’s customer support centre on 5434 6000 or visit one of our offices in Bendigo or Heathcote,” she said.

“Or they can create a request online on the City of Greater Bendigo website.”

Ms Pearce said the city will remove illegally dumped rubbish from council-owned land such as parks, nature strips, roadsides and footpaths.

“During the litter removal process, city staff assess dumped items to determine if there is any evidence which may assist with identifying the offender,” she said.

“Dumped rubbish is an offence under the Environment Protection Act 1970 and offenders will be prosecuted.

“Many offences reported by the public are for land that is not council-owned, these reports are forwarded to the appropriate authorities for clearing and investigation.”

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