Council uses hidden cameras to crack down on dumping

GLADSTONE Regional Council has been trialling hidden cameras in an effort to stall illegal dumping in the region.

Councillor Col Chapman, who is responsible for the environment portfolio, said the cameras helped the council to monitor problem areas and collect evidence.

"State government funding has recently been received to purchase an additional four cameras," he said.

"Hidden cameras increase the risk of illegal dumpers being caught and encourage the public to do the right thing to avoid financial penalties being imposed."

In the 2012/13 financial year, the council received reports of 125 incidents and issued 13 infringements.

Hot spots tend to be hidden roads in the bush such as Wuttke Rd off the Gladstone-Beneraby Rd, builder waste around new estates, vacant blocks of land and beside charity collection bins.

Mr Chapman said typical items dumped included mattresses, white goods, concrete rubble and green waste.

"It's ironic that most of the items dumped illegally can be taken to a transfer station or landfill and dumped at no charge," he said.

Cleaning up the sites was a council responsibility, which passed the cost onto the community and ratepayers.

"Each year governments and communities spend millions of dollars on cleaning up litter," Cr Chapman said.

"Research has indicated that litter can undermine the spirit of a community, decrease property values and destroy the sense of pride and personal ownership that citizens take in their community.

"Litter attracts litter and a littered site very quickly becomes an area for other forms of degradation such as graffiti and vandalism. The solution lies in a genuine commitment by all parties to work together."