Warning on rubbish scam
SOCIAL media is the main avenue for sprouting yet another scam, this time involving rubbish removal.
Council’s spokesman Cr Vince Habermann said an emerging trend had been identified where rubbish has been illegally dumped after a resident had hired a handy man to correctly dispose of the waste.
“Since the introduction in 2013 of council’s Illegal Dumping and Littering program, more than $36,000 in fines have been issued but it seems some opportunists are looking at innovative ways to continue this illegal dumping trend,” he said.
The scam involves a person posing as a handyman and offering services, usually through social media, to cart away rubbish at a minimal cost.
“Residents are paying the fee in good faith only to have the handyman pocket the money and illegally dump the rubbish instead of taking it to a council landfill,” he said.
Cr Habermann said the cost to the ratepayer continues when council is left to clean up illegally dumped sites.
The council is warning all residences, unless they can prove that a bona fide business has removed the waste, they may, if identified as the owners of illegally dumped rubbish, be liable for committing a breach against the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act where fines to the value of $1884 can be issued.
Residents are encouraged to be wary regarding any person offering to dispose of their waste without providing their full details.
Cr Habermann said residents needed to be vigilant if engaging a rubbish removalist via social media.
“By obtaining a receipt or at least a record of details such as their personal/business name, contact details, vehicle registration plus the date, time and amount of waste collected, council will have a greater likelihood of tracking the possible offenders,” he said.
“While we understand, it does remain every resident’s responsibility to ensure the waste is disposed of correctly,” Cr Habermann said.
SCAMMERS: Locals scammed over rubbish collection.