Floral carpet key to identifying rubbish dumpers

Floral carpet key to identifying rubbish dumpers

Residents have been urged to stop dumping rubbish as Horsham Rural City Council investigates a spate of shameful littering in the municipality.

The Community Safety team is seeking public help after a small tip truck was used to unload a pile of household items at Drung.

Distinctive Axminster carpet was found amongst the heap, and Community Safety Officer Alan Frankham believes it could help identify the culprits.

“Someone in Horsham would know which house this carpet is from. It is of high quality and has a floral pattern which people would remember,” he said.

Floral carpet was amongst the dumped rubbish.

The rubbish was dumped on West Road at the corner of Centre Road on Friday 5 June between 7pm and 10.15pm.

“There were also old pink curtains, thin white venetians, foam and horsehair underlay, a white cupboard, grey carpet and new timber pallets,” Mr Frankham said.

“The vehicle used was a small tip truck with dual rear wheels, inside track of 1080mm, between one and 1.7 tonne.

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Pink curtains and venetian blinds.

Last Sunday, another load of rubbish was dumped nearby.

Illegal litter has been found at several other sites on the edge of Horsham in recent weeks, including at the Police Paddock reserve.

In that instance, Local Laws staff removed several large plastic bags full of household waste such as nappies, old shoes and clothing from the nature reserve’s waterways.

Chief Executive Officer Sunil Bhalla said illegal littering ultimately hurt the community.

“Having to clean up after these sorts of disgraceful acts is a drain on Council resources,” Mr Bhalla said.

“There are many other things the community would rather our staff spend their time doing.

“Many items such as electrical goods, glass and packaging can be taken to the transfer stations free of charge. A load of green waste costs just $6.

“Council is taking a proactive approach to try and reduce illegal dumping. We have a wonderful community here and it’s a shame that we are being let down by a very small number of people,” he said.

Mr Bhalla said Council prosecuted between five and 10 rubbish dumpers in court each year.

“We are looking for more convictions from these recent cases,” he said.

Anyone with information, including people who prefer to remain anonymous, should contact Council on 53829777 and ask to speak with the Local laws team.

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