Friday, February 23, 2024

Focus widens for Canterbury Bankstown illegal dumping crackdown

City of Canterbury Bankstown Council is expanding its camera surveillance network to further crack down on illegal dumping in the local government area.

The Council has installed five new high-tech CCTV cameras in a number of locations across the City as the latest stage of its ‘Eyes on It’ program.

The surveillance cameras, which detect movement, were funded through a $77,000 investment from the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Illegal Dumping Prevention Grant program, and will operate around the clock to assist Council Officers in identifying offenders.

Mayor, Bilal El-Hayek said the cameras act as a deterrent to illegal dumping.

“We want to stamp out this illegal behaviour by a handful of people who have no respect for the wider community,” said Mayor El-Hayek.

“The message is simple: you are being watched and if anyone is considering illegally dumping materials, you will be caught.”

The camera network expansion follows Council’s efforts to tackle illegal dumping and promote the use of its booked bulky waste service, which has led to a 38% reduction in illegal dumping and a 45% increase in booked clean-ups across priority areas over the past 18 months.

Council says dedicated Clean City Illegal Dumping Prevention Officers are targeting problem areas with education, engagement and enforcement to encourage residents to do the right thing and book in a bulky waste collection.

“Council has a zero tolerance for dumpers who just want to cut corners.”

“We’re out in force with more dedicated staff and surveillance cameras than ever before,” Mayor El-Hayek said.

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