Dimboola community members are outraged that boxes of old light bulbs have been found dumped near the Wimmera River as the town lines up for a Tidy Town award.
Bulbs were also found dumped on the outskirts of Nhill at the weekend.
Dimboola Tidy Town co-ordinator Chris Johnson said it was quite "disturbing" for community volunteers who work hard to keep the town clean.
"People spend 100 hours a year to make our town presentable and it's disrespectful to them, we are very competitive in Tidy Town," Mr Johnson said.
"It's disappointing that people come from out-of-town and spoil it. I didn't even realise these companies were running around town."
Salespeople allegedly have visited homes in the region offering free changeover of low energy light bulbs through the government's Victorian Energy Upgrades program.
Hindmarsh Shire east ward councillor Debra Nelson regularly walks along the Wimmera River and said people were generally respectful of the town's environment.
"We are very proud of our river and we look after it. It's terrible that people think it is okay to dump their rubbish like this," Mrs Nelson said.
"Light bulbs shouldn't even be put in your rubbish, they have to be disposed more carefully than that.
"I am sure the sales company replacing the light globes would be quite aghast too because people aren't following their procedures and policies correctly."
Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has urged the Labor Government to immediately suspend its door-to-door LED lighting replacement scheme.
"I am absolutely disgusted at the illegal dumping and pollution across our beautiful region. Local people work incredibly hard to look after our part of the world, and for anyone to deliberately disrespect that and dump rubbish is appalling," she said.
"The Victorian Energy Upgrades program is meant to support the environment, not destroy it. The Labor Minister responsible for this scheme must immediately investigate this appalling rort of government funding."
Ms Kealy said Premier Daniel Andrews must urgently put a stop to door-to-door sales to ensure residents are not faced with any increased risks during the coronavirus pandemic.
"The fact that salespeople involved in this program are allowed to go door-to-door in our region in the first place is baffling and dangerous. Many of the salespeople involved come from metropolitan areas. Why is this allowed to continue when coronavirus cases in Melbourne have surged?" she said.
"Our communities have worked incredibly hard to keep coronavirus cases extremely low, and there has not been a confirmed case in our region for a long time; we want to keep it that way."
Ms Kealy has reported the dumping to the Environment Protection Authority.
The Essential Services Commission have been contacted for comment.
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