Street dumpers: who are those filthy pigs?
Some decades ago, authorities in New York City noticed a telling connection. In areas where broken windows were left unrepaired, citizens were more often faced with criminality.
Sidestepping sputum, maggot-ridden rotting food and disgusting furniture used to be the norm in the city streets of Third World countries. It is now a curse in the expensive suburbs of Sydney and no doubt a growing matter in other Australian cities. This article, however, probably in fear of “offending” someone, fails to identify the type of pigs that cause most street dumping—you can guess why.
Source: Daily Telegraph
Street dumping in Sydney
According to what became known as “Broken Window Theory”, careless maintenance and run-down housing actually encourage civil disorder. Those busted windows are not just a consequence of criminality, but also a cause. After all, if nobody cares enough about their own neighbourhoods to keep things neat, why should others care about making such neighbourhoods even worse?
Sydney better hope that there is no such thing as Discarded Couch Theory, because if there is, we’re in for a big summer crime wave. Illegal street dumping, particularly of discarded furniture and other unwanted household items, is currently on the increase throughout our city — to such an excessive extent that the problem is now costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year.
All told, the state government will spend an incredible $65 million tackling the street dumping issue over the next four years, including special grants to councils finding their streets and lanes swamped by refuse. Additionally, there is also a $9 million bill for special regional illegal dumping hit squads that try to catch street-soiling perpetrators.
“Illegal dumping is wrong and can be a health risk or damage the environment,” NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton told The Daily Telegraph, after viewing images of old mattresses and full garbage bags simply left in the street.
“Councils are left to clean up the mess caused by someone breaking the law. People who can’t be bothered to dispose of their waste properly should face the full force of the law.”
Perpetrators may think that their street dumping is a victimless crime, but anyone who has ever walked past garbage bags containing food scraps and other organic matter on a hot day will know otherwise.
There is a very sound health reason for following correct garbage disposal protocols.
If garbage scofflaws won’t listen to reason or simply behave within acceptable limits, perhaps they will respond to financial imperatives. Last financial year, the Sydney Regional Dumping Squad issued 60 infringements to offenders, yielding a massive $93,500 in fines.
That would buy an awful lot of garbage bags.