Illegal rubbish on the rise

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Illegal rubbish on the rise

PEOPLE dumping waste illegally in South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires are putting an increasing cost burden on the community and the environment.

Parks Victoria ranger team leader for South Gippsland Brian Martin said he had expected the introduction of organics bins in Bass Coast Shire to decrease the problem, but instead he was seeing a rise in illegal rubbish dumping.

Speaking to The Star at a dumping hotspot at Harmer’s Haven, Mr Martin, who has worked in the field for more than 37 years, said the illegal dumping was consuming more time for himself and his team.

“I have spoken to colleagues who work out of Foster who look after Cape Liptrap, Venus Bay and up to McLoughlin’s Beach, and they are experiencing serious problems in those locations as well,” Mr Martin said.

“I don’t think it’s any particular group who dump rubbish. Over the years I’ve caught all sorts of people and they ought to know better. There’s no particular demographic.”

A South Gippsland Shire Council spokesperson said the maximum penalty for dumping rubbish was $15,000 and security cameras have been installed a so-called “hotspots” for monitoring.

According to the Environment Protection Authority of Victoria, local councils across Victoria spend about $30 million annually cleaning up abandoned waste and two thirds of the EPA’s prosecution is for illegal waste dumping.

EPA Victoria’s Illegal Waste Disposal Strikeforce officer Chris Webb said if the public saw someone dumping illegally, they should report it to 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842) or visit www.epa.vic.gov.au.

South Gippsland Shire Council runs an annual green waste amnesty from November until the end of December for residents to dispose green waste material at local transfer stations.

On average South Gippsland Shire Council’s waste transfer stations charged more for disposal of rubbish compared to Bass Coast Shire Council’s stations.

For example, one level load of domestic waste in South Gippsland costs $10 more to dispose of compared to Bass Coast where it is $35.

A single mattress dumped at a Bass Coast transfer station will set a person back $10 but in South Gippsland it would be $5.50 more.

Rubbish rage: illegal dumping of rubbish is wasting public money. Parks Victoria South Gippsland head ranger Brian Martin is at an illegal dump hotspot in Harmers Haven where an offender recently dumped a pile of garden refuse which could have been placed in an organics waste bin. Inset, about two trucks’ worth of rubbish was illegally dumped recently near Williamsons Beach in Wonthaggi.

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