Hume doubles down on dumped rubbish


A Hume councillor has called out people illegally dumping rubbish after a sizeable pile of hard rubbish was left outside the Salvation Army in Craigieburn.

Cr Jim Overend shared photographs of the rubbish pile on social media last week.

“The Salvation Army in Craigieburn is not a dumping ground for your rubbish,” Cr Overend said in the post.

Hume council sustainable infrastructure and services director Peter Waite said there was “no excuse” for dumped rubbish around the municipality.

Mr Waite said there were many free options that residents had taken advantage of in the last financial year alone.

“In the 2020-21 financial year, there were 19,188 registered hard rubbish collections – this equated to a total volume of 2,872 cubic metres of hard rubbish removed,” he said.

“In line with encouraging our community to take responsibility for disposing of their rubbish correctly, council undertook a major dumped rubbish and waste services campaign this year.

“The campaign was trialled in the greater Craigieburn region and resulted in a 56 per cent increase in hard waste collection bookings and a 54 per cent increase in reports of illegally dumped waste.

“Council will consider how it can implement this pilot campaign in other parts of Hume in the future.”

Anyone who has information about illegally dumped rubbish can report it online.