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.
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.