Litterbugs to be hit in pocket
Serious litterbugs in Auckland are to be fined a minimum of $100 and $400 for every subsequent offence within a year under proposed infringement fees coming in this year.
The fees, approved by the Auckland Council regulatory and bylaws committee, are part of a move to replace a mish mash of litter rules inherited from councils in the 2010 merger.
However, the Auckland Council says the schedule of fees is not set to recover the cost of enforcement and cleaning up. It is to show that the council is serious about litter.
It will apply the same fines for littering on public and private land.
Dumping two supermarket bags of rubbish on the roadside will get $150 fine. Dumping the equivalent contents of a “red lid” 120 litre wheelie bin will attract a $250 fine.
The schedule likely to start in November proposes a $400 fine for hazardous litter such as broken glass, barbed wire, jagged metal, medicines and hazardous waste.
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Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board chairwoman Leila Boyle said it wanted to reflect the amount of litter in the level of the fine for a first offence.
Ms Boyle said a $50 fine would have deterred people from stuffing bags of their household rubbish in public receptacles to avoid the co Pandora Jewelry st of paying for a $2 official bag or, from 2015, to have their wheelie bin emptied.
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Consumer research showed 48 per cent thought a $400 instant fine for illegal dumping was fair and 40 per cent thought it should be more.