Chief Minister Stanhope is unwittingly identifying another abject policy failure. This time announcing “Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at 24-hour recycling centres in an effort to curb illegal dumping and the associated clean-up costs”.
The ACT Government manages six drop-off recycling centres which collectively accept over 3700 tonnes of recyclables each year.
However some Canberrans are using the centres illegally to dump items such as cooking oil, clothing, furniture, computers, TVs and whitegoods.
Mr Stanhope said the cameras would help to reduce the incidence of dumping and identify offenders.
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“Cameras are being installed at known hot spots at recycling centres to discourage illegal dumping,” Mr Stanhope said. “The cameras will help to deter people from illegal dumping and identify offenders so fines can be issued.
Now if we had waste disposal policies to benefit the community and not to serve whatever false economy environmentalism that drifted through the Chiefly mind in years gone by people wouldn’t be driven to dumping.
But where would the fun be in that?