Bottles and general rubbish lie on the side of
Flagstaff-Whare Flat Rd, Dunedin, on Saturday. Photo by
Whoever is dumping whiteware, animal carcasses and other
rubbish in Dunedin's quiet corners needs to take ''a bit of a
look at themselves'', a Dunedin community board chairman says.
Scott Weatherall, chairman of the Saddle Hill Community
Board, made the comment following the dumping of more rubbish
around the city in recent weeks.
That included a chest freezer and other whiteware left amid
piles of bottles and bags of rubbish beside Flagstaff-Whare
Flat Rd over the weekend.
Mr Weatherall said he had also noticed a ''huge amount'' of
rubbish dumped in his board's area, including along Big Stone
Rd, south of Brighton, in recent days.
The practice appeared to be increasing again, which could be
due to charges at the Green Island landfill, and Flagstaff's
proximity meant it was quicker to drive there than to the
city's landfill, he said.
However, that was ''no excuse'', he said.
''Some people are just slack and lazy and they just need to
have a bit of a look at themselves.
''What's it going to look like in our community in 25 years'
time, when their kids have grown up or their grandkids have
Mosgiel Taieri Community Board chairman Bill Feather said he
found ''extensive'' amounts of rubbish - including whiteware
and animal carcasses - when he visited Flagstaff-Whare Flat
''It's not good.
''I will certainly be in touch with the council and we will
see what we can do to get it cleaned up,'' he said.
The latest incidents came after concerns were raised about
illegal dumping in January, amid a public outcry over charges
to the way fees were charged at the Green Island landfill.
Cr David Benson-Pope, speaking last week, also criticised the
way the contract to clean the inner city was being carried
A Dunedin City Council spokeswoman, contacted late yesterday,
said illegal dumping remained an ''ongoing issue'' in the
Flagstaff-Whare Flat Rd area, but was not aware of any
city-wide increase in the practice.
The problem was taken seriously, followed up ''where
possible'', and ''we encourage people who see anyone dumping
rubbish illegally to contact the DCC with details, such as
the vehicle registration plates,'' she said.