Dumping of waste leads to hefty fine

Published on 18 January 2018

Illegally dumped building waste

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council today put local builders on notice that they should expect hefty penalties if they are caught illegally dumping building waste after photo evidence led to one local company being fined $4,000.

A vigilant member of the community recently photographed a truck dumping building waste on a vacant block at Googong. The dumping was then reported to the land owner, who passed the evidence on to Council.

During an investigation by Council’s Environmental Compliance Officer, sufficient evidence was obtained to identify the business that dumped the building waste. The company was then fined $4,000 for transporting waste to an unlawful facility.

Portfolio General Manager, Natural and Built Character Mike Thompson said that dumping of building waste is one of the most common forms of dumping in our area.

“This type of waste can be difficult to trace.

“Council has found on occasions that what appears to be dumped soil, is sometimes found to be soil contaminated with other building material including asbestos.

“If the perpetrators of this type of environmental crime are caught, they are required to clean up their mess, as well as pay hefty fines,” Mr Thompson said.

Council encourages any person who witnesses illegal dumping to contact Council’s Environmental Compliance Officer by calling 1300 735 025.