Illegal Dumping Unit cracking down on landowners
Landowners and the community are being reminded they are responsible for property clean up costs of illegally dumped waste, potentially costing many thousands of dollars.
The EPA is not responsible for cleaning up sites where illegal dumping has occurred. Where an offender is not identified, the landowner must cover the costs.
Accepting waste material illegally poses risks of contamination to the property, endangers the environment and public, and has the potential to seriously reduce property values and saleability.
A number of rural sites are under surveillance by the Illegal Dumping Unit (IDU) because those sites are known hot spots for companies looking to dump their waste for free. The use of high-technology surveillance equipment helps identify illegal sites and records the movements of operators who are illegally dumping waste.
The unit has recently had great success identifying a landowner who faces a six-figure clean up bill after about 7,500 tonnes of industrial waste was illegally dumped on his property.
Apart from paying full clean-up costs and having profits from illegal activities confiscated, there are significant penalties for those caught illegally dumping waste. For individuals, penalties can be as high as $500,000 or 4 years imprisonment. For a corporate body the penalty can be as high as $2 million.
If you have any information on illegal waste activities, please contact the EPA’s Pollution and Illegal Dumping Hotline on 8204 2004 or 1800 623 445.