Local RID Squad to continue fighting illegal dumping battle
As part of its ongoing commitment to tackle the issue of illegal dumping, Cessnock City Council has decided to continue participation in the Hunter Central Coast RID Squad.
RID Squads are regionally based teams who specialise in dealing with illegal dumping and landfilling, along with other waste contamination issues.
The squads are jointly funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and member councils who opt to work together and pool resources to address the problem.
The NSW EPA recently announced it would continue to fund the Hunter Central Coast RID Squad from July 2017 to June 2021 under its Waste Less, Recycle More program. With this, Cessnock City Council will allocate $50,000 annually from its Better Waste and Recycling Fund payment to cover its contribution to being a full member of the squad, which includes having a full-time officer located at Council.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent, welcomed this decision as illegal dumping continues to be a problem across the region, with 287 incidents being reported in 2016-17 in the Cessnock LGA, 46.3% of these being household waste.
“Being part of this joint initiative with our neighbouring councils has been hugely successful over the past four years and by continuing our efforts, it can only get better.”
“It’s also about sharing the responsibility and I encourage anyone in the community who sees illegal dumping in our region to come forward and report it.”
“We are also committed to educating the community about the damage illegal dumping can do to our environment, so watch this space for our upcoming campaign,” added Cr Pynsent.
To report illegal dumping, call the EPA Environment Line on 131 555 or for more information about the Hunter Central Coast RID Squad, visit http://ridsquad.com.au/.