Counting cost of illegal dumping

A TOUGHER approach to reducing litter in Victoria will help combat the illegal­ dumping of rubbish­ in Sunraysia­, a Mildura­ councillor­ says.

This financial year, Mildura Rural City Council has already responded to 250 reports­ of illegal dumping.

If the trend continues, it could cost the community up to $100,000 to clean up.

Councillor for environmental sustainability Judi Harris said it was money that could be better spent on positive community programs.

“Dumping is a really frustrating thing,” she said.

“It doesn’t matter if you leave a bag of rubbish outside a bin or drop a piece of litter – it all costs  money for people to clean it up. And it’s money we don’t have to spend.

“So it’s important to try and educate the community to do the right thing.”

The State Government is taking a number of steps to create a cleaner Victoria, including education, investment in infrastructure and enforcement.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the new campaign urged Victorians to report­ litterbugs­ and help “stop litter­ where it starts”.

“Not only have we doubled fines for littering, we’re also educating people about the environmental and economic impact of litter and investing in new infrastructure and equipment to make it easier to dispose of litter correctly and to crack down on illegal dumping,” he said.

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CONCERN: Litter prevention officer Terry Kite, maintenance worker Kevin Tynan and environmental sustainability councillor Judi Harris help clean up tyres dumped at Johnsons Bend. Picture: Clancy Shipsides

CONCERN: Litter prevention officer Terry Kite, maintenance worker Kevin Tynan and environmental sustainability councillor Judi Harris help clean up tyres dumped at Johnsons Bend. Picture: Clancy Shipsides