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Efforts to stamp out illegal dumping by City of Canterbury Bankstown have led to a significant fall in the number of offences across the City.
Since recruiting two Clean City Illegal Dumping Prevention Officers, Council has seen a 38% reduction in illegal dumping and a 45% increase in booked clean-ups across priority areas from May 2022.
The Officers are targeting problem areas with a high visibility education campaign, liaising with building managers for multi-dwelling units, conducting street patrols and utilising technology like motion sensor cameras to catch offenders.
Council’s clean streets promotion campaign also highlighted how easy it is for residents to book a free curbside clean-up for their unwanted bulky household goods.
Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour said he is pleased to see Council’s efforts noticeably changing behaviours in the community.
“Illegal dumping is a scourge on our City and we have zero tolerance for people who just want to cut corners,” Mayor Asfour said.
A recent offender was caught red handed, dumping a large assortment of building materials on a nature strip in Lakemba. Thanks to evidence from Council’s motion sensor cameras, the man was captured in the act and issued a $2,000 fine.
Under the cover of darkness, another gentleman was busted dumping an assortment of household items at the same location in Lakemba and issued a $2,000 fine.
And in Campsie last December, a couple caught on Council’s motion camera dumping a large assortment of household materials in the dead of night, were also slapped with a $2,000 fine.
“I’m proud of our team who were able to catch these offenders to help clean up the City, but our officers cannot be everywhere all the time,” Mayor Asfour said.
“We also rely on residents to be our eyes and ears. If you see someone dumping rubbish, report it to Council online at cb.city/ReportIt or by calling 9707 9000.”
To dispose of unwanted bulky items, residents are encouraged to visit cb.city/CleanUp and follow the prompts to arrange a clean-up.
8/02/2023 3:36 PM