Tyred of dump­ing prob­lems

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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