SPARE tyres, old household furniture, unwanted appliances, cardboard and even sheets of metal are just some of the materials that Playford residents are illegally dumping on council land each and every day.
Due to the high prominence of illegal dumping in the area, Playford Council has turned to strategically placed, covert cameras as a means of combating the problem.
Several hidden cameras have been deployed across a number of known illegal dumping areas within the Playford region, with the goal of catching offenders red handed.
Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the financial impact of illegal dumping is significant, and the new strategy is aimed at better spending ratepayers’ money.
“Illegal dumping costs council approximately $1 million a year to clean up,” he said.
“It’s money we’d rather be spending on services and programs for our community.
“As a result, we’re using every means available to us to catch the people – including motion-sensing CCTV cameras in notorious dumping hotspots.”
Since the introduction of the hidden cameras, three Playford residents have been fined for illegally dumping waste materials on council land.
Fines of $1000 are enforced thanks, largely, to new State Government litter and nuisance legislation, which was implemented earlier this year.
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter said the legislation is aimed at deterring residents from illegally disposing of waste.
“The Act contains important reforms that will considerably improve the way local nuisance complaints are dealt with, and reduce the prevalence of litter and illegal dumping,” he said.
Playford Council reported 6640 cases of illegal dumping in the 2016/17 financial year, with 4899 of those cases occurring in suburban areas.