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A LOAD of rubbish that would have cost $300 to dispose of legally at a landfill, will result in a $4000 fine after an investigation by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council’s compliance section.
A spokesperson said the Council was alerted to a large pile of rubbish which had been dumped on the Monaro Station Rd in Royalla on Sunday August 7. The pile of rubbish included a refrigerator, lounge, general household waste materials including garden waste, household chemicals and other rubbish and was a traffic hazard.
Council staff cleaned up the rubbish with a truck and tractor and an investigation commenced,” the spokesperson said.
“Council was able to identify the owner of the waste and they will receive a penalty infringement notice to the value of $4000 for the offence.
“In this case, a large portion of the material could have been sorted and recycled free of charge and the remaining ‘general waste’ would have cost approximately $300 to dispose of legally.
“Illegal dumping is a problem for councils across NSW and last year, illegal dumping cost ratepayers of Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council more than $150,000, largely linked to investigations and clean ups.
“Council has made a serious commitment to reduce illegal dumping in collaboration with adjoining councils, state agencies and the ACT Government. If you have any information about suspected illegal dumping please call 131 555 or report it to your local Council.
“Members of the public can now report illegal dumping through RIDonline. The online reporting portal allows the public to use their smartphones, tablets or computers to report illegal dumping in a few easy steps. The portal allows users to upload a picture of the items that have been dumped, confirm the location of the incident and enter some details about what items have been dumped. When a report is submitted, the NSW Environmental Protection Agency alerts Council to the incident for clean up and further action. For more information go to epa.nsw.gov.au or call 131 555.”