Man pays big price for il­le­gal dump­ing

Midland Reporter - - #snapperth -

A 56-year-old man caught on cam­era emp­ty­ing a trailer load of waste in Korung Na­tional Park has been fined $5000 in Mid­land Mag­is­trates Court.

Dun­can Ed­wards Hep­ple, who did not ap­pear, was con­victed and fined $5000, as well as costs of $744.35, for dump­ing a fridge, car-body parts, fur­ni­ture and lu­bri­cants in bush­land near Can­ning Mills Road in the City of Kala­munda on Fe­bru­ary 20 this year.

On March 2, af­ter be­ing con­tacted by en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tion of­fi­cers, Mr Hep­ple re­turned to re­move the dumped waste – an act cap­tured by the same covert cam­era.

Il­le­gal Dump­ing Pro­gram of­fi­cers in­vited Mr Hep­ple to meet on March 20 to dis­cuss the in­ci­dent but he failed to at­tend.

Se­nior in­ves­ti­ga­tions man­ager Matt Warnock said the con­vic­tion was an ex­am­ple of the ef­fec­tive­ness of covert sur­veil­lance in the pros­e­cu­tion of il­le­gal dumpers.

“This of­fender knew that his ac­tions were wrong when dump­ing this rub­bish, as demon­strated when he later re­turned to the site to re­move his dumped items,” he said.

The Re­porter’s at­tempts to con­tact Mr Hep­ple for com­ment were un­suc­cess­ful.

Re­port il­le­gal dump­ing to the Pol­lu­tion Watch Hot­line, 1300 784 782, or email at pol­lu­tion­watch@dwer.wa.gov.au.

An im­age from the covert cam­era be­fore the waste was dumped.

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