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Litter infringement policy adopted by Council

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Fly tipping, like this near Pauatahanui Inlet, will lead to fines if the culprits are identified.

If you are caught dumping rubbish or littering in Porirua, you can now expect a fine.

Porirua City adopted a litter infringement policy at the new Te Puna Kōrero (Committee of the Whole) this morning. It will enable the city to issue fines of between $100 and $400, depending on the volume of rubbish that is dumped.

Te Puna Kōrero chairperson Ross Leggett says littering is a problem across the country, and in Porirua, and this policy brings us in line with other cities’ policies.

There are more than 400 complaints per year to the Council for illegal dumping, or fly tipping.

“In the 2018 Quality of Life survey, 72 per cent of residents rated rubbish or litter on the streets as a problem and the 2019 Annual Residents Survey found that “litter removal and cleaning in public places” has the greatest impact on satisfaction of our waste disposal services,” he says.

A recent Porirua Harbour clean-up recovered more than 3000 pieces of litter in three hours.

“We want Porirua kept tidy and free of this problem, because it is happening, and all-too regularly,” Mr Leggett says.

“Fly tipping is both unappealing for residents and visitors to our city to look at and damages our environment. No one wants to see rubbish in our waterways and the harbour and a policy like this helps us achieve that.”

Litter Control Officers will use judgement and discretion when deciding to issue an infringement notice.

The policy will need to be ratified by the Council on 11 December.

28 Nov 2019