What is illegal Dumping?
The dumping of rubbish is considered to be illegal when people discard their rubbish down a bank or stream, at laybys and roadsides, or in town litterbins.
It is unfair and detracts from the beauty of our district.
It costs the ratepayer, because the Council must meet the expense of rubbish removal, follow up complaints, and prosecute people for illegal dumping.
If you are caught illegally dumping rubbish, under the Litter Act 1979 you may be liable for an infringement of up to $400.00.
Why is illegal dumping a problem?
Dumped waste can be dangerous to people, particularly when it includes sharp objects, asbestos and glass.
Dumped materials can also harm the local environment by harming wildlife, aquatic life, including damaging plants, soil and waterways.
Where can I dispose of my rubbish legally?
The Tararua District has five transfer stations / landfills and 10 community recycling centres across the district.
For more information visit our website:
What can you do?
If you notice someone dumping rubbish illegally, please contact us and let us know:
- Where the rubbish has been dumped?
- Whether it appears to be dangerous and presents a potential health hazard, e.g. hazardous goods or animal remains
- Who dumped the rubbish i.e. a vehicle licence plate
Council is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding illegal rubbish dumping.
You can get in touch with the Council team by phoning 06 374 4080 (north) or 06 376 0110 (south), alternatively you can email email@example.com.
Caption: Illegal dumping harms the local environment by harming wildlife, aquatic life, including damaging plants, soil and waterways.