08 Dec 2020 - Rod Campbell
A joint effort between Forestry Corporation of NSW, the Regional Illegal Dumping Squad and the community has resulted in a $4000 fine issued to a 58 year old man from the lower Central Coast for dumping asbestos waste.
The man has also been ordered to pay for the associated clean up and lawful disposal costs.
Witnesses observed the dumping of the hazardous material in the Ourimbah State Forest, and immediately alerted Forestry Corporation, who in turn notified authorities.
Forestry Corporation Partnerships Leader Mike Hill said the fine is a win for the other forest users who do the right thing.
“We have many recreational users who love spending time in our forests and want to help keep the forest safe and clean”, Mr Hill said.
“This is a great example of how a community report has helped stop dumping in our forests.
“If you see anything suspicious, collect the vehicle registration details and report it to 131 555.”
The Hunter/Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping Squad comprises of highly skilled investigators who are dedicated to investigating illegal dumping.
Regional Illegal Dumping Squad Coordinator, Robert Robertson, said illegal dumping is not an offence that can occur by accident.
“Illegal dumping involves a high degree of premeditation and planning, and can attract a large penalty,” Mr Robertson said.
“Fines for illegal dumping start between two and four thousand dollars for the individual and up to eight thousand dollars for companies.
“If you see something suspicious, do not approach the person; instead record the vehicle registration and report it.”
The Hunter/Central Coast RID Squad is a joint project between the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and local councils, funded, in part, by the Waste Levy.
To report illegal dumping, please go to: ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au
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