Hornsby Shire Council has received a $71,000 grant as part of the NSW Government’s push to prevent illegal dumping across the state.
Working in partnership with the NSW EPA, as part of the Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-Up and Prevention Program, council will use the funding to undertake targeted enforcement and education activities to tackle illegal dumping within Hornsby Shire.
Hornsby Shire Council Mayor Philip Ruddock said the package is the first step to reducing illegal dumping in the shire.
“Illegal dumping is a serious issue that impacts on our environment and ruins the beauty of natural areas, parks and neighbourhoods, and this grant means that our council will be better equipped to combat illegal dumping in our community,” he said.
Ruddock is encouraging residents to contact council if they see someone dumping illegally, noting the date and time, a description of what is being dumped and any other information which could help identify the offender.
“Our residents are the eyes and ears of our shire and they can help protect it by reporting illegal dumping incidents,” he said.
“Council will follow up reports wherever possible, issue fines and take appropriate action such as ensuring the offender cleans up the site.”
The project is a NSW EPA Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.