It's a comment that's been made over and over on stories about illegal dumps on the sides of roads and in bush in the Whangārei district - if the dump fees weren't so high people wouldn't dump rubbish illegally.

Reporter Danica MacLean has put that suggestion to those charged with dealing with the district's rubbish - and found out just how much rubbish Whangārei produces, what it costs to deal with, where the money comes from and where the rubbish goes.

Managing rubbish in Whangārei costs approximately $6 million a year, with a million of that spent on litter control

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