Illegal dumping throughout the Southern Vales is pushing the buttons of an increasing amount of residents as they say council is not doing enough to clean up and control the issue. A number of residents who did not want their names mentioned have complained to On the Coast newspaper about different areas which are constantly having rubbish dumped at. These areas included Quarry Road Willunga South, River Road Old Noarlunga, Little Road Whites Valley, nearby the Aldinga Salvation Army store and at the Harts Road Wetlands in Aldinga. Along with these sites mentioned directly to On the Coast, complaints about rubbish dumping have been made widespread across community Facebook groups and the Onkaparinga Council Watch group.
One Facebook user, Shannen Elliot said she had complained about two trolleys loaded with rubbish which were dumped near her house, and that it took 7 days for council to collect it. Before it was collected Shannen and her family made several calls to Council, Facebook posts and also email one of the Southern Wards.
Furthering the matter, a short drive around quieter streets of Willunga revealed a number of sites strewn with rubbish. While Council stated they do not collect trolleys and leave this to the related supermarket to organise, dealing with rubbish in area they do take responsibility for. Director City Operations, City of Onkaparinga, Kirk Richardson said Council know that almost all of residents are doing the right thing and would never consider illegally dumping waste because of the damage it can cause our environment and the costs involved in cleaning it up.
"Success in policing illegal dumping is, more often than not, reliant on the information and evidence we receive from witnesses. We encourage all members of the public to report these matters to council and police at the time of the event, which gives us the best chance to pursue people showing a total disregard for our environment.
"To help combat illegal dumping and raise awareness of the seriousness of the issue, council undertakes weekly patrols of known hotspots and, together with the EPA, surveillance cameras have been installed in popular dumping areas. Our Community Safety team, the Waste Management team and local southern region members of the South Australian Police Force have also formed an alliance in an effort to address illegal dumping activities," said Mr Richardson.
Over the 2017-18 period council received 1795 requests for rubbish to be collected which lead to the collection of 220 tonnes worth. Clean up costs were estimated at $200,000.