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Illegal dumping a filthy habit

THE realisation that several bags of general household waste had been thrown along Mayfield Road near the Mugga Hill travelling stock reserve was shocking indeed.
Nanjing Night Net

Despite it being made an offence to dump rubbish on any public land such as council roadsides, state forests or any park land, people still left paper waste, plastic food packaging and things like remote controls and other electronic devices for scavenging animals and birds to pick through.

The Central West Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) were right to set up remote cameras at the Mugga Hill reserve, as it should not be happening at all.

Good Samaritans like Clean Up Australia Day volunteers should not have to clean up large piles of rubbish left on the side of the road, because dangerous items such as syringes or worse could be in there.

The LHPA issued fines up to the amount of $3000 to several offenders in the past month who were caught because they were seen driving onto the Mugga Hill reserve with rubbish in their vehicle and leaving moments later without the rubbish.

It isn’t hard to dispose of rubbish the old-fashioned way, in a rubbish or recycle bin on your own property, which would be emptied on a weekly basis, or by taking it to the tip.

Despite the issuing of fines and signs propped up along the stretch of Mayfield Road, it seems the dumping of rubbish at the Mugga Hill reserve won’t go away overnight, but a general community awareness of the issue may attract attention to people even remotely interested in disposing of rubbish illegally.

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