Tackling illegal dumping

Inner West Council

Council will renew its efforts to tackleillegal dumping on residential streets.

“Every single one of our residents deserves to live on safe, clean streets,” said Councillor Mat Howard.

“Illegal dumping is an eyesore. It can be dangerous and its unnecessary.”

Council will undertake a “comprehensive and targeted education campaign as soon as possible,” he said.

Reports of illegal dumping have increased recently.

“As with many issues, illegal dumping has worsened during the pandemic and has been further exacerbated by the recent wet weather,” said Councillor Justine Langford.

“It’s not just an Inner West problem – it’s right across New South Wales,” she said.

Council’s education campaign will appear in newsletters, local media, social channels such as Facebook and Twitter, and on Council’s website and Council trucks and other vehicles.

“Illegal dumping is completely unnecessary because our free booked clean up service provides a flexible, efficient and environmentally beneficial service for residents,” said Councillor Howard.

The campaign will inform residents how to use the booked clean up service, how to report illegal dumping and what local opportunities exist to reuse, swap and share – such as online groups, resale platforms and local reuse organisations.

“It will also tell people the financial, social and environmental cost to the community of illegal dumping,” said Councillor Langford.

The Motion, passed unanimously at last Tuesday night’s Council Meeting also called for increased patrols of dumping hotspots and a dedicated budget for the education campaign.

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