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.
“Illegal roadside rubbish dumping has blighted our city, harmed our environment and burdened ratepayers with the costs of clean-up," says Mayor Goff.
"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.”
If you see it, report it on the dedicated hotline
The mayor says that to help Auckland Council to act, people need to report illegal dumping and help the council with any evidence that may lead to prosecutions.
“We have made it easier for people to report illegal dumping by setting up 0800 NO DUMP – 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.”
More cameras and staff
Other actions being rolled out include hiring additional enforcement staff, doubling the number of CCTV cameras in hotspot areas and speeding up the process to clean up dumped material in public areas.
The mayor says Auckland Council is also working to help provide better information on inorganic collections, recycling and ways to reduce their waste.
“People have been asking for better information on what they can do with their residential waste. We have made this material more accessible through the Make the Most of Waste website, and improved the council website to make it easier to find out about inorganic collections.”
Posters are also being distributed to libraries, leisure centres and service centres across Auckland explaining 0800 NO DUMP and directing people to further information.