Tyred of dumping problems
POLICE are investigating the dumping of hundreds of tyres across the Hunter Region.
The joint investigation with the NSW Environment Protection Authority began following sightings of dumped tyres around the Scone and Muswellbrook regions, with authorities estimating as many as 300 have been dumped.
Under NSW laws, each consignment of waste tyres greater than 200 tonnes or numbering more than 20 must be tracked using the EPA’s Waste Locate system.
Dumping tyres illegally can attract a fine of up to $15,000.
Tyre dumping is an ongoing issue for the government and councils, as transporters try to avoid paying waste facility fees. Earlier this year, about 150 tyres were found dumped in North Lismore, with authorities pointing the finger at large-scale tyre replacement facilities.
In NSW, tyres are categorised as “special waste” with regulatory requirements on how they must be disposed.
Used tyres contain cancercausing chemicals and heavy metals that can leach into the soil and groundwater.