Date

Friday, 14 June 2019

Release

Several recent instances where building material has been dumped illegally across the peninsula has prompted Northern Beaches Council to warn of the severe penalties for illegal dumping.

In two separate incidents at McCarrs Creek and Palm Beach, Council has found the presence of asbestos fibres, which can be harmful to public health.

Mayor Michael Regan condemned the actions of a select few.

“Illegal dumping of asbestos material is a serious offence under Protection Of The Environment Operations (POEO) Act.

“Such an offence carries significant fines of $500,000 for individuals and $2 million for businesses involved in the transportation and dumping of such materials.

“Asbestos is very dangerous when disturbed and leaving it exposed in public areas can have severe health risks.

“Plus it costs ratepayers thousands of dollars to remove. The recent dumping incidents cost around $25,000 to identify, classify and dispose of safely.”

The Mayor also encouraged anyone seeing illegal dumping activity to immediately notify Council.

“To potentially put other people’s lives at risk is completely unacceptable.

“Council has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to be illegal dumping and we encourage local residents to be alert and report examples of this kind of behaviour,” the Mayor said.

You can report illegal dumping to Council representatives on 1300 434 434 or the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) at any time.

Another option is to phone 131 555 or via email: info@environment.nsw.gov.au.

All asbestos must be transported to and disposed of at a facility that is appropriately licensed by NSW EPA to accept asbestos waste.

Council has a licensed disposal facility at the Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre in Terrey Hills.

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