Friday, June 21, 2024

Geelong hits rock bottom on illegal dumping


City of Greater Geelong Council is installing additional rock barriers to help prevent a repeat of illegal dumping at Point Henry.

Council says a recent major clean-up has seen more than 700 tyres and the wreckage of a car removed from shallow water along the Point Henry foreshore and transported from the site.

A small amount of asbestos was also discovered and removed. All tyres collected from the site have been stored at City depots and are progressively being sent to Melbourne for recycling, Council said in a statement.

New rock barriers being placed at the site will add to existing barriers and CCTV installed by Council last year in an attempt to reduce both dumping and anti-social behaviour.

Acting City Services Director, David Greaves said the extra barriers will be in place in the coming weeks.

“Illegally dumped rubbish is a rising problem for many Councils, and costs City of Greater Geelong ratepayers around $800,000 per year,” said Mr Greaves.

“We responded to more than 4,000 clean-up requests over the past 12 months, which is really disappointing when you consider both the cost and the environmental impact of dumping on our precious natural environment.

“Tyres are a commonly dumped item, often in large quantities. Point Henry has been a hot spot in Geelong but unfortunately it happens in many places across both our region and others.

“We urge everyone to consider the impact of rubbish dumping on the environment and the community, and please just don’t do it,” he said.

Fines for littering start at $322 if issued on the spot, and extend up to $9,900 when imposed by a court.

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