Council is proposing to buy a large dedicated
collection truck to better tackle the scourge of illegal rubbish dumping in the
The City removes dumped rubbish from public
areas more than 4000 times a year, using small duty trucks.
Given the limited size of the vehicles, crews
are often forced to take multiple trips to the one site and call on a front-end
loader to help pick up larger items.
To address this, Council has allocated
$410,000 in its Proposed Budget 2021-22 to purchase a fit-for-purpose truck and
support a dedicated employee for the job.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said
Council was committed to reducing the incidence of illegal dumping and its
We know that our community values and takes
pride in our beautiful region and we’re all disappointed when rubbish is
dumped, creating an eyesore and in many cases, a health and safety issue. This investment will provide our crews with
the right equipment to respond more quickly and efficiently to clear away the
rubbish and restore the location to its original condition.
The City Works team will run a trial on the
preferred vehicle in coming weeks, before committing to any purchase from July.
Cr Anthony Aitken, Chair, City Works, Parks
and Gardens portfolio said dumped rubbish was a huge financial burden on the
Council’s bottom line.
This proposed purchase is a direct response
to the increasing amount of dumped rubbish in Greater Geelong. The volumes are now such that we need to
purchase dedicated fleet and have a dedicated team working every single day to
respond to community calls to pick up dumped rubbish. Our costs in responding to this illegal
activity are growing and they will top $1 million this financial year. We can curb these costs by cutting the amount
of time we spend cleaning up dumped rubbish sites and transporting the material
to resource recovery centres. This is where the proposed fit-for-purpose
truck and staff member can be so valuable.
Residents are urged to access the hard waste collection service, which allows households to recycle or dispose of their
bulky items, including mattresses, without charge twice each financial year.
The initiative is well supported, with 22,678
requests for hard waste collection from 1 December 2019 to 1 December 2020.
As well as hard waste collections at their
home, residents can freely dispose of white goods, paint, scrap metals, oils,
car batteries, BBQ gas cylinders, televisions, computers equipment and excess
recycling at one of our Drysdale or Geelong resource recovery centres.
We urge people to report anyone seen dumping
rubbish to the EPA’s 24-hour hotline: 1300 372 842, along with details like a
licence plate. The dumping of rubbish illegally is a criminal offence and
significant fines apply.
The Proposed Budget 2021-22 and associated
draft Our Community Plan 2021-25 can be viewed here.
Public feedback is being received on both
documents until 25 May.