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Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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

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