Mat­tress dumper

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Belinda Cipri­ano

THE City of Cockburn is urg­ing res­i­dents to dis­pose of their mat­tresses cor­rectly af­ter a Fre­man­tle woman was fined $1000 for il­le­gally dump­ing her mat­tresses on a verge in front of a sign ex­pressly for­bid­ding dump­ing near Beel­iar Re­gional Park in Hamil­ton Hill last year.

City waste ed­u­ca­tion tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer Nicki Ledger said mat­tresses were col­lected for free as part of the City’s bi-an­nual verge junk col­lec­tion.

“They can also be taken to Hen­der­son Waste Re­cov­ery Park with a valid trailer pass (fee of $10 ap­plies),” she said.

“These mat­tresses are re­cy­cled by a so­cial en­ter­prise called Soft Land­ing who of­fer em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­ence bar­ri­ers en­ter­ing the job mar­ket.

“Seventy-five per cent of the mat­tress can be re­cy­cled, in­clud­ing springs, foam, husk, tim­ber and fab­ric.”

The Depart­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion (DWER) launched the pros­e­cu­tion af­ter po­lice of­fi­cers saw the woman un­load­ing two mat­tresses from her van and dump­ing them on the road verge.

The Fre­man­tle Mag­is­trates Court heard that on July 30, 2017, a van was seen parked in front of the City of Cockburn sign that read “No il­le­gal dump­ing on the verge – penal­ties ap­ply”. One mat­tress was on the ground and the po­lice of­fi­cers saw her un­load­ing the sec­ond on to the road­side.

In ad­di­tion to the fine, the woman was or­dered to pay costs to­talling $367.30.

DWER waste op­er­a­tions se­nior man­ager Matt Warnock said the suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tion should act as a warn­ing to “wouldbe” dumpers.

“Il­le­gal dump­ing can im­pact peo­ple’s health and the en­vi­ron­ment and im­pose sig­nif­i­cant clean-up costs,” he said.

“DWER works in part­ner­ship with the City and other lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties to stamp out the il­le­gal dump­ing of waste.”

Il­le­gal dump­ing can be re­ported to DWER’s 24-hour Pol­lu­tion Watch Hot­line on 1300 784 782 or by email to pol­lu­tion­watch@dwer.wa.gov.au.

For in­for­ma­tion on Soft Land­ing, visit www.soft­land­ing.com.au.

The van pic­tured il­le­gally dump­ing in front of a warn­ing sign.

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