With recent reports of large quantities of waste being dumped around south Auckland, Councillor Fa'anana Efeso Collins says it’s going to take a community effort to curb this behaviour.
The new hotline, 0800 NO DUMP, announced by Mayor Phil Goff, will give the public a dedicated number to ensure the culprits can be reported and caught.
“Rubbish dumping has become a real blight on our community, but if we want a better environment for ourselves and our family, then we need to speak up when we see others harming it,” he says.
Along with the phone line, Mayor Phil Goff has also announced other actions including 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.
Cr Collins says the public also have an important part to play.
“It’s going to take everyone doing their bit to ensure our children and their children can continue to enjoy our beautiful city.”
Auckland Council has set itself the ambitious goal of having zero waste going to landfill by 2040. And Cr Collins applauds projects like the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board-funded Neat Streets and Adopt A Spot initiatives as examples of what communities can do when they work together.
“Here in south Auckland we are good at working together, so it’s great seeing what can happen when we put our collective will and efforts into issues like rubbish dumping and preserving our natural environment.”
You can access more information about reducing waste and sign up for inorganic waste collections at the council’s dedicated makethemostofwaste.co.nz website.