The dumping of large branches, leaves and household items on a section of track near Alexandra has been described as “disappointing” and “rude”.
Alexandra resident Marianne Maslin stumbled across large piles of leaves, branches and material resembling bed sheets while out walking her dog along a track off Galloway Rd recently.
Disgusted by what she saw, she made a plea for people to think of others, including those who utilise the area for recreational purposes and who would be left to deal with the mess.
“You don’t just go dumping stuff,” Mrs Maslin said.
“Why should the rest of us have to stick by the rules?”
She said while she was upset by the careless act, her frustration was exacerbated by the fact the items had most probably been dumped during either Alert Level 4 or 3.
“Someone just decided they would get rid of their stuff during lockdown. “It’s just rude. It’s self-entitlement,” she said.
The Central Otago District Council is interested to hear about Mrs Maslin’s discovery and any others anyone else had discovered.
Council environmental engineering manager Quinton Penniall said there was one other report of dumping during the Covid-19 lockdown period, other than the Galloway case, which was at Alexandra Airport.
In the past year there have been 15 reports of illegal dumping.
He said a “small number” of them related to dead animals on the road, including rabbits and possums.
There were also 12 service requests related to broken glass on roadsides and entire trailerloads of waste.
Of the cases reported in the past year, seven were in Cromwell, three in Alexandra and one each in the Maniototo and Teviot Valley.
Following a report, the council sends a request to its contractor to collect the waste and dispose of it at the appropriate facility, Mr Penniall said.
He said the council worked to investigate, identify and penalise offenders.
“We have successfully fined three rubbish dumpers since August 2018 when staff received delegated authority to issue fines.”
Offenders can be fined up to $400 and charged the fee to clean and dispose of the waste.
Mr Penniall encourages anyone who sees illegal rubbish dumping to report it.
The council has transfer stations, which reopened at the start of Level 3, located in Alexandra, Cromwell, Roxburgh and Ranfurly.
Anyone wanting to report illegal dumping on council land can fill in a service request form at codc.govt.nz or phone the council on (03) 440-0056.
Include a detailed description if you saw the activity happening, including the time, date, vehicle description, colour and registration. Also include a description of the offender, the type of rubbish they were dumping and whether the rubbish was obstructing the road or causing danger to people.