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Illegal dumper fined $2,000 by Tweed Shire Council

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Tweed Shire Council has issued a $2,000 fine for the illegal dumping of household waste as part of a new program targeting dumping hotspots.

A $2,000 fine has been issued in relation to the dumping of this material. Image Tweed Shire Council

Council issued the infringement notice earlier this month after receiving information leading to a suspect who was interviewed in relation to the offence.

The dumped material included a large cupboard that was broken into pieces and a large amount of cardboard and plastic waste.

The fine was part of Council’s illegal dumping hotspot intervention project that included increased surveillance and the installation of multiple signs across the Tweed.

‘We are currently investigating a second case of illegal dumping which, depending on the outcome of our investigations, could attract a similar or larger penalty infringement notice,’ Environmental Health Officer Kelly Piazza said.

‘We will continue to monitor illegally dumped waste left behind on road sides, laneways, waterways, bushland and on the approaches to costal reserves, with the intention of investigating each incident and interviewing the alleged offenders.

‘Council hopes the issuing of penalty infringement notices for illegal dumping serves as both a warning and a deterrent to would-be offenders. People who carry out premeditated illegal dumping activities are now less likely to get away with the offence and more likely to be identified, interviewed and fined.’

Council Environmental Health Officers and Rangers can issue on the spot fines of $2,000, $4,000 and $8,000. Maximum penalties up to $250,000 for individuals and $1 million for corporations can apply.

To report illegal dumping online go to https://ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au

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  1. Good! The more people get caught dumping and getting fined the better!! Maybe a reason for this constant dumping is the high cost of bringing it to the tip? Maybe we can look at some ways to reducing that cost?

  2. This is ridiculous. Council used to provide a hard rubbish collection service which was great as it allowed everyone to pick over what other people were throwing out and so spare some of the stuff from going into landfill. Every now and then there would be some half-decent wares which made for good upcycling projects or just useful bits and pieces that could be used around the home and garden. One persons junk was often another persons treasure. Now the Nanny State has curtailed such community recycling opportunities and more of the junk is going to the tip. Also, what happens if you’re a physically challenged person (old/sick/otherwise weaker than usual), you’ve got quite a bit of junk to throw out – more than 4 square metres (how stingy) -and you don’t have a ute or trailer to take all your stuff to the tip? It seems to me that vulnerable people are going to be more disadvantaged by these new rules…as usual.

  3. They should be fined more. People complaining about tip fees should have a serious look at themselves and why they produce so much waste. You get 2 collections from your own kerb if you want, you just have to book it in.
    If you do a little reno at home and can’t afford to dispose of the waste then you can’t afford the reno so put it off.
    Grow up and be accountable for your own actions.

  4. Hi Wanda.

    The reason they got rid of it was that people would come in from other areas and dump their rubbish by the truckload along places like Tweed Valley way,Ocean shores and it stuffed it up for everyone ! It was costing council a fortune to get it all removed …

    What they should of done is install hidden cameras in the hotspots and fine them more than $ 5000 each and that would pay for the camera installation ! $ 2000 is a total joke !


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