Did you know illegal rubbish dumping is costing Baw Baw Shire ratepayers over $22,000 each year? This cost is increasing annually.
Illegal dumping is irresponsible, wasteful and harmful to our environment. Dumped rubbish allows rust, rot and toxic chemicals to enter our environment damaging native plants, animals and their habitats as well as polluting our waterways.
Baw Baw Shire Council is working the Victorian Government to prevent illegal dumping and keep Baw Baw beautiful.
What is Council doing to tackle the issue?
Baw Baw Shire Council has teamed up with Sustainability Victoria to install CCTV cameras at six green space illegal dumping hotspots to help combat the crime.
The cameras are in various hotspot sites around Drouin, Longwarry and Nilma.
The surveillance will also be accompanied with new signage and an educational program.
The $20,000 project has been jointly funded by a $10,000 grant from Sustainability Victoria’s Litter and Illegal Dumping Grants program and a matched contribution from Council’s Capital Works budget.
Council officers will monitor CCTV footage, patrol hotspots and work with local Police where necessary to investigate and enforce illegal dumping.
The project aims to deter people from illegally dumping rubbish through surveillance, assist community in disposal services and set a precedence that Council will not tolerate illegal dumping.
How is Council supporting the community to dispose of their waste?
Council offers all residents a free annual pick up of up to two cubic metres of acceptable hard rubbish. Many items are also accepted for free at the Transfer Stations. Click here for further information and to book your hard rubbish pick up.
If you are aware of illegal dumping
If you are aware of illegal dumping, please contact Baw Baw Shire Council on 5624 2411 or report it to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) by calling 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842) or via www.epa.vic.gov.au