Dumpers part with more than $8000 for illegal actions

INCREASED enforcement measures and community assistance has led to the region's illegal dumpers and litterers paying almost $8000 in fines.

Bundaberg Regional Council Health and Regulatory Services portfolio spokesman Wayne Honor said the region-wide campaign, which began in March, had seen early success.

"The installation of cameras at dumping hot-spots and also increased awareness of community members has led to the issuing of $7920 in fines throughout the region," Cr Honor said.

"Council believes the fact that we have had residents report illegal dumping activities sends a clear message that the community finds this behavior unacceptable."

But he said this was far from the end for the campaign against illegal dumping.

"Council will continue to clamp down on those doing the wrong thing, with more initiatives to be rolled out in coming weeks," he said.

"Council officers will be out in force with power under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 to issue information notices to any person or organisation that may have information that can identify an offender.

"The use of surveillance cameras will also be extended to new locations which will include Childers and North Bundaberg.

"We'll also be turning our attention to drivers and passengers of vehicles who choose to litter."

He said if the community worked together, there would be no hiding the actions of illegal dumpers.

"Any council staff member witnessing this activity can record and provide information to authorised officers who will investigate," he said.

"Members of the public are also encouraged to continue to assist the council and report any suspicious activity and provide details of the offenders such as vehicle registration details or a description of the offence.

"When it comes to illegal dumping, see it, report it, stop it."

Depending on the volume of rubbish being illegally dumped, fines can range between $220 to $1760 for an individual.

These figures can be doubled for an incorporated company or business.

The council can be contacted on 1300 883 699 or by email ceo@bundaberg.qld.gov.au to report information relating to illegal dumping or littering.



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