Illegal dumping and litter
Litter is always disappointing to see, especially in our parks and reserves where tamariki play, people relax, recreate and experience our beautiful landscapes.
Rotorua Lakes Council and contractors are engaged in litter clean-up on an ongoing basis. Often as quickly as it is cleaned up, more appears in its place. There are things each and every one of us can do to help reduce the amount of litter we see around our city. Even one little piece can have an effect, as people are more likely to litter in an area where there is already litter present.
What you can do to help
- Role model positive action and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
- When practicable, take your rubbish home with you. This will help stop public bins from overflowing in popular areas. Taking recyclables home means they can be more effectively prepared for processing. Most public bins will not have wash facilities around to remove product traces from recyclables.
- If bins are already overflowing, don't add to the pile, take the rubbish home and dispose of it in your wheelie bins. Contact Council and let us know the bin needs to be emptied.
If you are planning to complete a litter clean up in your area, please get in touch with Council on 07 348 4199, as we can help with bags and gloves for you and your volunteers.
Illegal dumping, litter on a larger scale, is always a concern. It’s harmful to the environment, our personal and collective wellbeing and the reputation of our city.
Most instances of illegal dumping on public land in the Rotorua district, are removed within 24 hours of Council being notified about the site.
Illegal dumping and littering are governed by the Litter Act 1979 and councils can either issue an infringement or file charges. This decision would be made in accordance with the type and severity of the littering/dumping.
What you can do to help
- Encourage your friends and family to do the right thing. Not only does illegal dumping cost the community a lot of money, it also has a major impact on the environment.
- Take your rubbish home with you. This will help stop public bins from overflowing in popular areas. And if bins are already overflowing, don't add to the pile, take the rubbish home and dispose of it in your wheelie bins. Contact Council and let us know the bin needs to be emptied.
- Report any dumped rubbish to Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 348 4199, as soon as possible so contractors can remove it before people add to it.
- If you witness illegal dumping, do not approach the offenders but take notes and photos or videos of the person and their vehicle. This can help with identification and prosecution.
- When reporting rubbish, it is very helpful if you supply photos that have a location tag. This can be done by turning on your location services on your smart device before taking the photo. This enables contractors to go straight to the dumping site rather than spending time searching for the rubbish.
We keep this information confidential and use it in court only with your permission.
Illegal dumping and litter FAQ
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