Geelong City Council is proposing the purchase of a dedicated collection truck to better combat illegal dumping in the community.
The City removes dumped rubbish from public areas more than 4000 times a year, using small duty trucks.
Crews are often forced to take multiple trips to the one site as well as contact external contractors for assistance in the rubbish removal.
The Council has allocated $410,000 in its Proposed Budget 2021-22 to purchase a fit-for-purpose truck.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said the local community urgently needed a way to prevent illegal dumping in the area.
“We’re all disappointed when rubbish is dumped, creating an eyesore and in many cases, a health and safety issue. This investment will provide our crews with the right equipment to respond more quickly and efficiently,” Asher said.
Anthony Aitken, Chair, City Works, Parks and Gardens said the proposal will help the council to reduce costs related to rubbish removal.
“Our costs in responding to this illegal activity are growing and they will top $1 million this financial year,” Aitken said.
22,678 requests for hard waste collection have already been made residents and locals.