COUNCILLORS have expressed concern at the number of instances of illegal dumping in the Bathurst region.
Bathurst Regional Council's latest State of the Environment report says that the dumping of illegal waste in public areas is "an ongoing issue".
In 2019-20, there were 135 incidents reported.
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Councillor Jacqui Rudge wanted to know if there was anything that council could do about the issue, feeling that the number would only increase.
"I guess it's only going to increase over time, with people just deciding to take a trailer load or a boot load of their waste and just dumping it on the side of the road or in bushland," she said.
"I think it's a really, really relevant, important issue and I just wondered if there is any sort of feedback or anything we seem to be getting, ideas, on how we can tackle this problem?"
The director of Environmental, Planning and Building Services, Neil Southorn, said the problem was not unique to Bathurst and council has enacted measures in an attempt to address the problem.
"Bathurst Regional Council has increased our surveillance capability and indeed we have been quite prepared to undertake enforcement action, which could be a clean up order or it could be penalties, and both of those actions have been undertaken in recent years," he said.
"But whether it's a losing battle or not, that's certainly a continuing problem and it's not expected to go away."
Cr Alex Christian speculated that a reason behind the illegal dumping could be the costs associated with taking waste to the tip.
He said he had recently disposed a "ute load" of rubbish at the tip, costing him around $170.
"I think that may be a reason as to why people are unfortunately illegally dumping, because they just simply can't afford that sort of money," Cr Christian said.
Council's waste management fees are based on the facility's operational costs, but there are some free avenues for waste disposal.
The State of the Environment report noted that waste being deposited in landfill continues to fall, though the proportion of waste being diverted to recycling or composting has not increased.