Costs of illegal dumping adding up
AN increase in the illegal dumping of potentially hazardous commercial waste and household rubbish is becoming a major concern on public land across the North East.
In the past few months Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) officers have responded to more than 20 reports of illegal rubbish dumping in our parks and forests.
A number of the incidents involved the dumping of asbestos and other potentially dangerous waste that appears to be associated with commercial businesses.
Almost 200 used fire extinguishers were recently found dumped near the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park.
And in Edi, a popular roadside rest stop had to be temporarily closed after a large amount of asbestos sheeting was found down an old well.
Hume’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Aaron Kennedy said the cost of removing rubbish and waste from forest areas was in the tens of thousands of dollars across the region each year.
“This money should be spent on other things the community requires like improving access tracks and recreational facilities,” he said.
The disposal of household or industrial waste on sites not licensed to accept is an offence under the Environment Protection Act 1970 and can attract a fine of up to $6,342 if the case goes to court.
On the spot fines apply for littering, start at $317.
If you see waste dumped in the bush or abandoned on private land, report it to EPA by calling 1300 372 842.
To report environmental crime on public land contact DELWP on 136 186 or to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.