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(4) Some areas where illegal dumping is commonly occurring at the present time are:

Civic – Rabaul Lane;

Gungahlin – Anthony Rolf Ave (behind the library);

Narrabundah Lane (behind dog racing club);

Tuggeranong - Kambah Pool Road (past the golf course);

Belconnen – Stockdill Drive (past the golf course);

Corner Hindmarsh Drive and Eucumbene Drive, Chapman;

Oakes Estate Road and

Dickson Shopping Centre (Dickson Place);

(5) 1,535 collections have been made under the trial bulky goods collection service as at 2 February 2012.

1,512 of these were collected under the free service and 23 were collected under the charged service.

(Question No 2029)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 16 February 2012:

(1) What volume of waste do ACT Rangers take to the landfills in the ACT each year and what are the breakdowns of types of waste.

(2) How much do ACT Rangers spend each year removing waste that has been dumped in inappropriate areas and who is this paid to.

(3) Do ACT Rangers separate rubbish into recyclable and non-recyclable waste streams; if not, why not.

(4) How much money is recouped from the enforcement of dumping fines.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) During the 2010-11 financial year, the city rangers took 3.38 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste, 30.48 tonnes of metal, 3 computers and 15 televisions to ACT Government resource management centres.

The city rangers investigate incidences of illegal dumping and remove items where practical. The vast majority of illegally dumped material (with the exception of abandoned vehicles), following investigation, is removed and disposed of by the place management section of city services within the Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) Directorate which incurs the cost of removal.

For the place management component, 5,514.98 tonnes of waste was taken to landfill in the 2010 11 financial year. The amount of illegal dumping is not separately apportioned from the total waste collected, which also includes general waste collected from litter bins (such as at shopping centres).

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