Does This Annoy You? Why not Dob in a Dumpsite!
THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED
Download the Case Study(PDF)
A full project report can be obtained by emailing the Regional Education Officer, Rosemary Angus
Phone: 5333 7770 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Highlands Regional Waste Management Group received a grant from the EPA to run a litter campaign targeting illegal dumping sites in the region. Residents in the region were encourage to Dob in a Dumpsite.
The Dob in a Dumpsite project steering committee (HRWMG, local councils, EPA, DSE, Parks VIC, VicRoads) arranged for the sites to be cleaned up and implemented a site specific strategy to discourage future littering. This involved a combination of signage, detailed investigation to try to identify the litterer, fines being issued, and ongoing use of CCTV cameras to catch future dumpers in the act.
THANKYOU to everyone who supported this project and nominated a site
The Highlands Region covers the Municipalities of Ballarat, Central Goldfields, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees. If you see illegal dumping in these areas - Dob in a Dumpsite!
- Around $24 million is spent annually by Victorian local governments cleaning up litter. (Sustainability Victoria Local Government Data Collection 2006/07)
- Approximately $4 million of this is illegal dumping and represents the collection of nearly 15,000 tonnes.
- The City of Ballarat spends approximately $35,000 and 300 - 500 man hours cleaning up illegally dumped rubbish.
- Research conducted by Victorian Litter Action Alliance has indicated that many people do not see dumping as ‘illegal', particularly things such as greenwaste or rubbish left near charity bins.
- Illegally dumped rubbish such as greenwaste, household waste, whitegoods, furniture, tyres, chemicals, car bodies and parts, harm the environment and animals and marine life.
- Illegal dumping is an environmental crime.
- Clearing your property as we approach the fire danger period and dumping the greenwaste in the bush creates a fire hazard rather than improving fire safety.
- Over 90% of Victorian's believe that people who illegally dump rubbish should be fined.
- Illegal dumping makes an area look untidy and uncared for and attracts more dumping.
- People who live in clean places feel safer and report a better quality of life.
- People who get caught can be fined and made to clean up the rubbish or pay the clean up costs
- Illegal dumpers can be fined from $226 on the spot to over $6,000 in court.
- Commercial dumpers can be fined over $250,000
The EPA Litter Report Line
1800 LITTER (1800 548 837) or www.reportlitter.com.au
* A simple way for people to get involved and help tackle the problem if littering.
* If you see someone throw something out of a car - report it.
* Over 20,000 fines were issued by the EPA in 2006/07
* $25,350 was collected in this region.
* Money from these fines is funding this project!