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Illegal Dumping

"Council simply won't tolerate illegal dumping any longer."

Bland Shire Council is working to prevent the bushland and natural areas within the Shire from becoming a dumping ground.

Council is also calling on the community to reject illegal dumping by making it socially unacceptable and to report any illegal dumping behaviour to Council.

Council encourages residents to make use of the services and facilities Council offers to manage waste including kerbside collections and Council's Waste Management Facility.

What is illegal dumping?

It is illegal to dump, or permit to be dumped, any waste, rubbish or soil products on private or public land, unless it is a licensed landfill site. If rubbish or soil is dumped on private land, with or without the owner's consent, it is the responsibility of the owner to arrange appropriate disposal of the waste, unless the person who dumped the waste can be identified.

Why is illegal waste dumping a problem?

Illegal waste dumping can:

  • lower the value of your property and surrounding properties
  • lead to land degradation
  • impact on the health of your family, neighbours and the local community
  • be a¬†financial burden to the community

Apart from these critical concerns, illegal waste dumping can cost you money. There is a high cost to the community as a whole when remediation work is required following waste dumping. The cost of cleaning up after waste dumping can be particularly devastating, however, for the individual landowner/occupier.

What are the fines and penalties?

The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) provides a tiered range of illegal dumping offence provisions/fines. They are:

Tier 3 - on the spot fines

$750 on the spot fine for individuals for illegal dumping with a maximum on the spot fine of $1500

$1500 on the spot fines for corporations for illegal dumping with a maximum on the spot fine of $5000

Tier 2 - use of land as waste facility without lawful authority

Maximum penalty in the case of an individual: $250,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, a further penalty of $60,000 for each day the offence continues

Maximum penalty in the case of a corporation: $1 000,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, a further penalty of $120,000

Tier 1 - disposal of waste - harm to the environment

Maximum penalty in the case of an individual: $1 000,000 and/or 7 years' imprisonment

Maximum penalty in the case of a corporation: $5 000,000

Know your responsibilities: managing waste from construction sites

Important information for demolition and excavation companies, builders, contractors, project managers and property developers

  • Transport waste to a lawful place
  • Don't risk hefty fines or prosecution
  • Avoid expensive clean-up costs

Important information for waste transporters and the waste industry

  • Cover your load
  • Transport waste to a lawful place
  • Don't risk hefty fines or prosecution

Safely disposing of asbestos waste

Asbestos fibres are hazardous when inhaled. They can be released into the air when asbestos products are incorrectly handled, stored or transported for disposal.

Ensure asbestos waste has been wetted and sealed in heavy duty plastic prior to transportation to a lawful waste facility such as a licensed landfill.

Avoiding the dangers of accepting fill on your land - Important information for landholders

Beware: you can devalue your property and risk the health of you and your family

Don't risk hefty fines and clean-up costs

This brochure contains important information for landholders about accepting fill on their property. Some fill may be contaminated, which can harm your family's health, permanently devalue your property and leave you with substantial cleanup costs. You may also face on-the-spot fines or prosecution for illegally using waste as landfill. If you're unsure, ask your local council or call DECCW's Environment Line on 131 555.

Don't risk a $5,000 fine or penalties of up to $1 million.

By following the simple steps below you will minimise the risks and avoid the dangers of accepting fill on your property.