Illegal dumping creates a number of risks that may adversely affect the environment in which we live. These risks include:
•Dangerous or unsafe play areas;
•Environmental hazards; and
•Poor visual amenity.
When large items are illegally dumped, this is also a loss of natural resource as many items could have been recycled, such as fridges and e-waste. Illegal dumping can also have an ugly impact on our environment, deterring people from visiting areas which have become illegal dumping hot-spots.
There has been an increase in illegal dumping within the Shire recently. Not only does this affect the environment, but it also incurs costs to Council to clean it up. These costs are eventually paid for by the community through the residents' rates and charges. Council encourages any resident to contact us if they witness any illegal dumping so that together we can keep our wonderful Alpine environment clean.
Under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, it is an offence to dispose of waste in a place that cannot lawfully be used as a waste facility. It is also an offence to cause or permit waste to be transported to, or deposited in, a place that cannot lawfully be used as a waste facility. Offences can incur significant penalties and on the spot penalty notices.
Officers will investigate reports of illegal dumping in public and private places in an attempt to identify where the waste material originated from and who was responsible for dumping the waste. Any details that you can provide to help identify where the waste material originated from and who was responsible for the dumping will aid in maintaining a pleasant and clean environment.
Here is your chance to..Dob in a DUMPER!!!! If you see an illegal dump site or see someone dumping rubbish, you can report it to Council who will be able to investigate the matter further. The kind of information Council will need to know includes: ▪ Street location of illegal dumping ▪ Types of dumped materials, whether you believe it constitutes a hazard. ▪ Date and time of dumping. ▪ Name and address of person(s) responsible. (if known) ▪ Associated vehicle, registration number(s). ▪ Photographs of the incident(s) may assist the prosecution