The decision to dump a trailer load of waste on Old Sydney Road has proven a costly exercise for a man from Beveridge.
Mitchell Shire Council is serious about stamping out illegal dumping, and last month successfully prosecuted the man in Seymour Magistrates’ Court
On 3 November, 2020, Council’s CCTV cameras captured a vehicle with a trailer stopping on Old Sydney Road. Two men got out of the vehicle and unloaded the rubbish on the side of road before driving away.
The Beveridge man, who didn’t appear in court, was found guilty of aggravated littering, failure to respond to request for information and failure to remove litter when directed and was fined $2127.40.
Illegal dumping costs Council more than $180,000 each year.
The illegal dumping of waste and littering can cause significant environmental issues including land contamination, pollution of waterways, increased fire risk and harm to local wildlife and their habitats.
Council is working in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency to curb illegal dumping in Mitchell.
Council’s Resource Recovery Centres accept lots of items free of charge including e-waste, car batteries, cardboard, gas bottles, foam and fluorescent globes. Ratepayers receive five barcoded vouchers on their first rates notice each year that can be used at the Resource Recovery Centres.
To report illegally dumped waste please use the Report an Issue