Port Stephens Council joins campaign to tackle dumping

Illegal dumping costs $3M each year.
Illegal dumping costs $3M each year.

Port Stephens Council has joined forces with Hunter Councils in a new campaign to reduce the amount of illegal dumping in the region.

Hunter Councils’ regional waste education coordinator, Chantelle Sage, said the two month campaign is designed to combat dumping that is costing the councils and their ratepayers approximately $3million each year.

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Ms Sage said in the last financial year there were approximately 2,000 recorded incidents of illegal dumping that caused significant damage to natural habitats and community facilities.

The campaign features billboards and bus back advertising to promote the message that the natural environment is no place to dispose of unwanted goods.

“The campaign material has also been placed on Hunter Councils’ new look Small Acts Big Change website – the Hunter community’s go to website on how to minimise waste – as well as on our Facebook page,” Ms Sage said.

“The ads promote people’s emotional connection to the environment,” she said.

“Our landscapes deserve a better break: don’t dump on them.”

Better ways to dispose of waste:

● Find out what services your Council offers such as a green waste collection service

● Take bulk waste to your local Waste Management Centre

● Take advantage of Council waste initiatives such as chemical clean out days, mattress drop off days and E-waste collections

People with information on illegal dumping should report it to the Regional Illegal Dumping Squad on 131 555 or on line at ridsquad.com.au

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