Fly dumping at creek frustrates Napier residents

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Photos posted on social media show a pile of household trash and bottles thrown into the creek between Georges Drive and Douglas McLean Ave. Photo / Provided

One of Napier’s well-known urban waterways is a favorite spot for local flying dumpsters.

Footage posted to social media shows a pile of household trash and bottles thrown into the creek between Georges Drive and Douglas McLean Ave overnight and found Wednesday morning.

A Napier resident who did not wish to be named said fly dumps had been a persistent and prolific problem in the area for a very long time, but it was the worst they had seen.

He said it happens every few weeks, sometimes more frequently, and he thinks he knows who the same few culprits are who do most of the dumping.

“They are constantly throwing things like broken chairs or last week there were car tyres. Once I called the council someone had stuffed a whole sofa in the stream just across from Barker Rd .

“Even the Mob house that puts out 40 dozen empty beer bottles every week can put its bins on the sidewalk for collection.”

A Napier resident, who did not wish to be named, said fly tipping had been a persistent and prolific problem in the area for a very long time, but it was the worst they had seen.  Photo / Provided
A Napier resident, who did not wish to be named, said fly tipping had been a persistent and prolific problem in the area for a very long time, but it was the worst they had seen. Photo / Provided

He said it got to the point where he and another neighbor took care of piling up trash themselves.

“The council has given us all, through our rates, a wheelie bin. Every week it gets picked up. Is it hard to put things in there?”

He said most surprising was the fact that even a municipal recycling bin was among the pile of garbage.

“Perhaps half of the waste was cardboard, plastic bottles and glass bottles, plus household items like children’s soft toys, but half could go to the council’s recycling bins and one of them was among the garbage.

“What have we done as a society that we have a bunch of people who have no respect for their environment?”

A Napier City Council spokeswoman confirmed the pile of rubbish was cleaned up on Wednesday.

“It took three people to pick up the trash, half of it from the stream.

“This is the first significant quantity to be left on this site, usually there is a trash bag, chair or bike parts thrown away.

“There was also a large trailer of garbage dumped on the side of Puketitiri Rd.

“Proof of addresses was found at both sites, and the waste minimization and compliance teams received this information to follow up.”

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