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Illegal Dumping in Latrobe City
Increase in illegal dumping across the municipality.
By Portal Admin - 2nd June 2020 - Back to News
A proliferation of DIY home projects, new hobbies and home clean-outs has seen a rise in visitor numbers to Latrobe City's transfer stations during the COVID-19 lockdown period. While Council has applauded the community for its responsible approach to discarding waste and observing social distancing practices at transfer stations, there has also been an increase in illegal dumping across the municipality.
Latrobe City Council Mayor Cr Dan Clancey said illegal waste disposal, currently being investigated by council's Local Laws team, was costly to remove, damaging to the environment and threatened wildlife. "Unfortunately, due to the remote locations of some of this dumping, it can also be a complex process to find those who are responsible," he added.
"It's disappointing to see these actions being taken by just a few across our region, compared with most who are working hard to do the right thing - it is the last thing the community needs right now," Cr Clancey said. "The costs associated with cleaning up illegal dumping, for Victorian councils and the EPA, total around $30 million per year."
Community can report illegal dumping, and the individuals involved, via the Latrobe City Contact Centre on 1300 367 700 or the Snap Send Solve app. Both processes support council's efforts to promptly investigate and arrange clean-ups in order to avoid unnecessary environmental damage.
For more information regarding Latrobe City Waste Services and Transfer Stations via www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/Waste
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