Some progress has been made on removing an industrial-sized waste dump at Newbridge Estate, Wallan.
Mitchell Shire Council has received confirmation the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria will continue to monitor the site to meet the requirements of the clean-up order.
Recent wet weather has delayed further progress at the site. At this stage of the investigation, EPA is following the Compliance and Enforcement Policy to determine if an offence has occurred. As such, EPA must proceed with exhausting its regulatory power available to ensure compliance.
Council receives a large number of requests in relation to illegal dumping with thousands of dollars spent on clearing materials – a cost the community has to cover.
Dumped materials can also pose health and environmental risks across the community and the natural environment.
Illegally dumped waste can consist of a single bag of household rubbish to large household items such as TVs, appliances and electronic waste, furniture, mattresses, and industrial wastes, construction and demolition materials, garden waste, packaging, tyres, old cars and soil.
To Dob in a Dumper, residents can Report It online at www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au. call Council on 5734 6200 or inform the EPA’s 24-hour pollution hotline on 1300 372 842.