Illegal Dumping On Any Scale

We hear often about the pristine wilderness of the west coast.

How beautiful the Bight is.

The stunning views within our national parks.

So why is it we have people who think that randomly dumping their stuff somewhere is a good idea?

There was an example of this at Denial Bay recently, when rubbish, including asbestos, was dumped without regard for public health and safety.

You might think this is an isolated incident, and on the scale of this one example, that’s true.

Dumping is a problem, so how do we solve it? IMAGE: Canva

But just because you’re not dumping truckloads of stuff doesn’t mean you’re not dumping.

Left behind a bag of rubbish at a campsite?

Dumped.

Left a small plastic bag of stuff in the middle of nowhere?

Dumped.

Which begs the question, why do people leave their stuff behind?

And it’s an interesting question, given how “untouched” conservationists want to leave our campsites.

What if you simply had bins available at campsites?

In my observations, it’s usually those areas with the least facilities, such as bins, which have the biggest issues.

The usual retort is that you should just take your stuff with you.

Which is true if you’re absolutely in the middle of nowhere.

But when you’re in a place that is designed for people to stay overnight?

I think it’s a bit rich to expect people to just wear that.

It’s the same as complaining about people leaving rubbish at highway rest stops when there’s no bin.

If there’s a bin and people dump their rubbish, sure, go after them, but when there are no facilities, it seems a bit disingenuous to target them.

And while we’re there, did anyone think to put toilet facilities in at these rest stops?

Maybe it’s time for a rethink on options for people to dispose of their rubbish properly.