Illegally dumped rubbish is a growing problem around
Dunedin's forests. Photo supplied.
Animal carcasses, broken televisions, old cars and
household waste are being dumped in Dunedin's forests.
Illegal rubbish dumping, which can cost culprits $7500, has
become an increasing problem for Wenita Forest Products Ltd.
Chief executive David Cormack said over the past 18 months
his staff had discovered a wide variety of waste, in growing
volumes, on forestry land at Brighton, Berwick and Waihola.
''It does surprise us at times just how far people are
prepared to travel to dump rubbish illegally. They are better
off paying the transfer station fee for more convenience, and
it doesn't have the consequences,'' Mr Cormack said.
Under the Litter Act 1979, people who illegally dump rubbish
can be fined up to $7500 if the rubbish is deemed harmful to
health and can also be made to cover the cost of rubbish
In many cases, the dumping of non-harmful rubbish results in
fines of up to $400.
Mr Cormack said some of the worst rubbish dumping occurred on
forestry land along Big Stone Rd, just south of Brighton.
His staff have found household waste, abandoned cars, toxic
rubbish including old televisions and computers, furniture
and even animal remains.
''Around Big Stone Rd, hunters are dumping animal carcasses
and offal on a regular basis,'' Mr Cormack said.
Sometimes staff found evidence identifying offenders, such as
bills with names and addresses, items that were passed on to
the police, he said.
The Dunedin City Council was also alerted to illegally dumped
Mr Cormack said it was an issue for other forestry companies
and private property owners, but little could be done to
''It's a problem anywhere that's a little bit off the beaten
track. I'm not sure when people do it, but presumably under
the cover of darkness.''
He said some rubbish, including old cars, posed a fire risk
and other waste was harmful to the environment.
''You wouldn't pull up to Logan Park and start turfing out
your rubbish along the side of the road, and our forests are