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Trash dump hunt

Tuesday, 29th October, 2013

By Erica Visser

City Council employees yesterday cleaned up a giant load of garbage that was left strewn across the end of Morish Street.

The trash pile, containing dirty nappies, beer cans and cigarette packets, was left in clear view and sparked angry reactions from South residents.

The BDT found documents in the pile of rubbish pointing to a Wyman Street resident, but these were mysteriously removed by Saturday afternoon after an article appeared in the paper that day.

There was a spate of illegal dumpings around town in April last year but Council has received few reports since, said Council’s Manager of Sustainability, Peter Oldsen.

“Council went and cleaned up the rubbish this morning and are now following up with some names,” Mr Oldsen said yesterday.

“We found some letters in the rubbish so we will be following those up.”

Mr Oldsen said that the dumpings didn’t add up when there was a free waste depot accessible to residents.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense. I don’t know whether it is laziness,” he said.

However, it is possible that the illegal act could be a “prank” where another person’s rubbish was stolen.

The offender could be fined up to $375 for littering, depending on the circumstances.

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