February 2005 Council meeting
Question: Councillor M. Baker:
"To ask the Manager how many administrative, technical and field staff are in place to deal with issues of illegal dumping and littering and is this an adequate number? Has the workload in this section increased since the introduction of pay by weight and if so by what percentage?"
"An Enforcement Unit was established in September 2004 to monitor and enforce the Waste Management, and associated, legislation. Part of the Unit's remit involves investigation of illegal waste activities unauthorised collection, storage and disposal of waste.Full staffing compliment of ten, will include three technical, one supervisor/enforcement person and six administrative staff. These are supplemented by the work of the six Litter Wardens who work in tandem with the Enforcement Unit in monitoring and investigating all aspects of waste and litter pollution. All staff employed in the road sweeping unit and some Parks Department staff are involved in the cleaning up and removal of rubbish illegally dumped and are supported by the administrative staff in the Environmental Services Department. There has been a considerable increase in the incidences of illegal dumping but it is difficult to quantify"