Cameras designed to catch rubbish dumpers in the act have netted Brimbank Council a place as a finalist in the Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said Council’s four Litter Deterrent Cameras installed in early 2017 had proven so successful that Council was now installing another 15 cameras across Brimbank.
“I’m delighted that Council’s work in this area has been recognised with a place at the finals in the Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards 2018 – Litter Prevention category.
“However, I’m even more pleased that these cameras are achieving the results we had hoped for and significantly reducing the rate of illegal rubbish dumping at these litter hot spots.
“Council is now expanding this project – installing another 15 Litter Deterrent Cameras at locations around Brimbank in the coming weeks.
“We’re sending a message to illegal rubbish dumpers – it’s time to stop the rubbish – we want to make Brimbank a no-go zone for rubbish dumpers.
“Council and our community are fed up with rogue operators and rubbish dumpers using our streets as a dumping ground,” Cr Giudice said.
The specially designed cameras are equipped with infra-red night vision, motion detectors and number-plate identification recognition technology.
Some Litter Deterrent Cameras are monitored by a second, hidden-camera to capture potential vandals.
Council received about 4800 reports of illegally dumped rubbish and littering last financial year, and spent about $700,000 cleaning up illegally dumped rubbish.
Cr Giudice encouraged residents and community members to report all instances of dumped rubbish via Council’s website or by phoning 9249 4000.
Keep Victoria Beautiful will announce award winners at a ceremony in Melbourne on 10 August 2018.