Choose your skip provider wisely
Spring is renovation season, and as residents are busy redecorating and building, the incidences of illegal dumping tend to increase.
Environment Protection Authority Victoria said far too many skip bin loads of renovation waste went missing during this time, and it encouraged anyone hiring a skip bin to choose a reputable company.
‘‘There are fly-by-night skip bin operators who will give you a very cheap price, then abandon your renovation waste in the bush, on private land or in a rented warehouse,’’ EPA’s illegal waste disposal strikeforce member Chris Webb said.
‘‘The landholder, your local council, or even you, might be the one left with the clean-up cost, and unlike the skip bin, it won’t be cheap.’’
Typical materials dumped illegally include construction and demolition waste, hazardous materials such as asbestos, and household waste.
A large percentage of those materials should have been recycled instead of winding up in a local creek or park.
‘‘The fine for illegal dumping can be thousands of dollars, and then comes the cost of the cleanup and proper disposal,’’ Mr Webb said.
During the past two years the EPA has undertaken nearly 350 illegal-dumping-related inspections, issued more than 170 legal notices requiring a cleanup, conducted prosecutions through the courts and issued infringement notices that represent a fine of nearly $8000 each.
Anyone with information about illegal dumping is encouraged to report it to the EPA by phoning 1300 372 842 or via the website at