'Dumping is for Dummies' when it is easy to 'Do the Right Thing'
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is reminding the community that dumping rubbish is for dummies.
Council's Waste Strategies and Education Officer, Ali Bigg said, "Dumping of rubbish in the bush is something that most people know is an illegal activity, but unfortunately that knowledge is not enough to stop a small minority of people from continuing to do it.
"Not only does it cause a visual eyesore, it can have major impacts on the environment, including spreading weed species and the leaching of harmful products into waterways and soils," Ms Bigg said.
"Other forms of illegal dumping that are not so well known include putting household rubbish in public litter bins, leaving items on the verge and placing items in other people's skip bins. All of these activities can incur a large fine."
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council provides a range of services to accommodate the disposal of waste. Prior to utilising these though, it pays to think about whether the item may be reused by someone else or recycled.
Council also offer a free annual kerbside junk collection for residents receiving domestic waste service and a monthly rural waste pickup for those not on the domestic service.
The best way to save money and help the environment is to separate your waste. Some items, including all metal and white goods, are free to drop off at any transfer station. Other items attract a charge that varies according to material.
'Cartridges for Planet Ark' is a campaign to collect and recycle your used printer cartridges and toners. These can be dropped off at a range of stores including your local post office. Obsolete mobile phones can also be recycled via the 'Mobile Muster' campaign -bins are available at most mobile phone outlets.
Ms Bigg said, "A handy hint prior to purchasing is to ask yourself the following in relation to the item: can I avoid or reduce my use of it? Can it be reused or recycled? How will I dispose of it responsibly?
"By making a habit of conscious purchasing, recycling and responsible disposal, we can make a great contribution to the planet. Don't be a dumping dummy, be a responsible recycler," Ms Bigg said.