Central Coast Council has fined the driver and company responsible for the dumping of 70 tonnes of illegal waste on Sparks Road, Warnervale.
The incident, investigated on behalf of Council by the Hunter/Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad resulted in fines and recovery of clean-up costs of $36,000 for the illegally dumped building and demolition waste that originated from a Sydney skip bin company.
Council Group Leader, Environment and Planning, Mr Scott Cox said this was a great outcome for Council and the community and re-enforced the important role of the RID Squad in identifying and investigating instances of illegal dumping.
“Illegal dumping is a crime and Council is proactively seeking out illegal dumpers and taking the appropriate action to fine or prosecute them where required,” Mr Cox said.
“In this instance, the outcome is a result of community reporting combined with over six months of intensive investigation involving interviews and evidence gathering to identify the key perpetrators.
“Council was able to identify and fine an interstate waste disposal company and the driver involved issuing $12,000 in fines and recovering $24,000 in clean-up costs. If the perpetrators had disposed of the waste in accordance with EPA standards, it would have cost them less than $20,000.
“This clearly shows it does not pay to illegally dump on the Central Coast.”
The RID Squad is a joint program between the NSW EPA and local Councils. The team is made up of highly experienced investigators who follow up on reports of illegal dumping with a view to identifying, and where appropriate, prosecuting those responsible.
Illegal dumping includes any waste that is not lawfully disposed of such as building and demolition materials, vegetation or green waste, unwanted furniture, whitegoods, TVs, computers, asbestos and contaminated soil and unwanted tyres and car parts.
On the spot fines for illegal dumping start at $2000 for individuals and $4000 for companies. Court action for serious offences can result in fines of up to $250,000 for individuals and $1 million for companies.
“Council takes illegal dumping very seriously,” Mr Cox said.
“We encourage the community to be proactive and report suspicious activity involving dumping of waste or the incidence of private landfill.”
Council assists residents to dispose of waste efficiently and legally by offering all residents six free Council waste picks ups every year which covers the majority of household and bulk green waste requirements. For more information or to book a waste pick up go to 1coast.com.au or call 1300 126 278.
For more information or to pass on information regarding illegal dumping, contact the RID Squad on 131 555.