The Department of Conservation (DOC) is right behind the crackdown on rubbish dumping in the East Coast region and strongly supports plans to catch or trace offenders.
A trailer load of green waste was dumped in the car park at Okitu Scenic Reserve last week. Dumping has become a regular occurrence at Grays Bush Scenic Reserve, Te Kuri Walkway and Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve says Ms De-Arne Sutherland, Acting Conservation Partnerships Manager.
“It’s a huge problem affecting the whole community. Conservation areas are there for everyone to enjoy and the behaviour of a few people spoil it for everyone else.”
Dave Lynn, Ranger Services finds green waste dumped in Okitu Scenic Reserve carpark
Monitoring of reserves with surveillance cameras is now being considered along with working with other agencies.
“We support the Gisborne District Council’s actions and encourage people to take licence plate photos or note any other information that could help to track offenders down” says Ms Sutherland.
Anyone caught illegally dumping rubbish in the region under the Council’s Litter Bylaw can expect a minimum fine of $300.
If you see someone dumping rubbish or find a pile of rubbish contact the Gisborne District Council on 0800 653 800 24 hours a day.