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Cameras target illegal dumping

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Cameras target illegal dumping
Published 9 June 2017
CCTV cameras are the latest tool to be used by the City of Playford to catch out people illegally disposing of their rubbish, including commercial dumping from excavation sites.

CCTV cameras are the latest tool to be used by the City of Playford to catch out people illegally disposing of their rubbish, including commercial dumping from excavation sites.

The illegal disposal of rubbish on roads, reserves and verges in the City of Playford costs ratepayers about $1 million a year.

The cameras are located around the Council area and are remotely monitored, can recognise number plates and have excellent night-time vision.

The City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the types of litter found can vary but appears to be primarily household rubbish and furniture.

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With the City of Playford the centre of large new housing developments, some of the rubbish also comes from commercial dumping, usually from excavation sites, such as earthworks, rubble and building materials.

“These people might think their dumping is innocent enough but they are criminals, dumping their rubbish with little or no care given to others,” Mayor Docherty said.

The cameras are located around the City of Playford, in both rural and urban areas, and will be used to obtain footage that will incriminate illegal dumpers, who can be fined as much as $1000 and be liable to prosecution of up to $30,000 or six months jail, or more if a company is dumping.

Under the newly introduced Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act it is now easier for the public to ‘dob in a litterer' and for offenders to be prosecuted.