Using CCTV to Reduce Illegal dumping
Strathfield Local Government Area (LGA) has a growing illegal dumping problem. Illegal dumping is the depositing – dumping, tipping or otherwise – of waste larger than litter onto land or into water. Illegal dumping varies from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of waste materials in isolated areas, such as bushland and industrial areas.
Within the Strathfield LGA these dumping incidents can be broken into two broad categories Residential Dumping and Industrial Dumping. The most common waste that is illegally dumped in Strathfield is household waste, which comprises 80%. Items commonly dumped are bulky household wastes which include household whitegoods (such as fridges and washing machines), furniture and mattresses. Industrial waste compromises 13% of dumping, types of waste dumped are construction and demolition materials (concrete and bricks), mulch and soil.
Introduction of CCTV
From 1 March 2017 Council will be using CCTV units in an effort to capture images of dumping offenders. The trailer mounted CCTV unit will be installed on the public roadway, and will target the public domain. Images will be digitally recorded.
The images produced will only ever be used if and when an offence occurs, at which point, footage will be reviewed to ascertain if an image of the offender has been recorded. Council wishes to advise residents that whilst the intent is only to record images from the public domain, there is a remote possibility that images may include peripheral movements of pedestrians. Management of this trial will be governed by Council’s CCTV on Public Land policy.
Should you have any further queries regarding this program, please contact Council’s Waste Education Officer on 9748 9999.
Reporting Illegal Dumping
All reports of illegally dumped rubbish will be investigated for identifiable features that may ascertain the owner/dumper of the material. Heavy fines apply for persons found dumping material on private or public land.
People illegally dumping materials on Council’s footways may be liable to penalties under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. These include on the spot fines of $1500 for the owner of the rubbish and the person who illegally dumped the material.
To report incidences of illegal dumping please phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9748 9999.