Difficult to rubbish team’s great work

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LitterBuster attendants Terry Ridley and Ruben Cool help collect up to 30 tonnes of dumped waste per month.
Camera IconLitterBuster attendants Terry Ridley and Ruben Cool help collect up to 30 tonnes of dumped waste per month. Credit: Picture: The City of Rockingham, The City of Rockingham.

The City of Rockingham’s LitterBusters team has collected more than 1100 tonnes of illegally dumped waste since its inception in 2014.

On average the team collects 30 tonnes of dumped waste a month from locations across the City.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the City of Rockingham was the first local government in WA to develop and deploy a dedicated response team which is on call seven days a week.

About 2500 LitterBusters requests are made by members of the public each year through the mobile app, the 1800-4-Litter number and online.

“The idea for LitterBusters came about as a response to our Customer Satisfaction Surveys in which residents identified litter as a priority area,” Cr Sammels said.

“Council recognised the need for a concerted effort to address these concerns, so we took the innovative step of creating a dedicated rapid response team.

“The results over the past three years have been fantastic and we are very pleased to see how the community has responded.

LitterBusters has made a big difference to our community and we have seen a significant improvement in the customer satisfaction rating of our performance. in litter management since the team commenced,

Cr Sammels said.

LitterBusters responds within 24 hours to all litter-related reports, working seven days a week to ensure a rapid response.

The team also focuses on surveillance, investigation, removal and prosecution of illegal dumping.

The LitterBusters app can be download free for Apple, Android and Windows devices.

Reports can also be made on 1800-4-Litter (1800 454 883) or online on the City’s website.

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