Dumped rubbish costs thousands

Several items of furniture were dumped at the Albert Town Campground two weeks ago, pictured, prompting warnings on the consequences of the offence.

Illegally dumped rubbish has cost the ratepayer more than $8000 over the last ten months.

Several items of furniture were dumped at the Albert Town Campground two weeks ago, pictured, prompting warnings on the consequences of the offence.

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) web and digital communications advisor Jimmy Sygrove said that while QLDC owned the campground land, it was the responsibility of campground managers to dispose of rubbish.

He added that if rubbish was illegally dumped in an area that QLDC maintains then the process would be to raise a request for service online or over the phone, with the regulatory team looking to fine those responsible.

“We ask that anyone who witnesses someone illegally dumping their rubbish to please contact QLDC. We take a very dim view of those who choose to spoil our region through laziness and will follow it up with those responsible,” Jimmy said.

Albert Town Campground manager Rudi Sanders said that the furniture in question was left over from the Mount Aspiring College formal after-party and was removed by organisers within a few days.

“We don’t have issues with people dumping rubbish but we do keep a close eye on it as it does happen every now and then, maybe once a year.  We patrol the camp site area basically every day and are in contact with a few people who keep an eye on things,” Rudi said.


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