Clean Up Australia congratulates the WA State Government on its implementation of
tough new penalties for the illegal dumping of waste this week.
“This is an important step forward in preventing people dumping waste in our
national parks. Illegally dumped waste is not only a nuisance, the dumping of wastes
such as asbestos are a threat to public safety,” said Ian Kiernan AO, founder and
Chairman of Clean Up Australia.
WA Environment Minister Donna Faragher said the Environmental Protection
Amendment Bill 2010, which allows for fines up to $62,500 for individuals and
$125,000 for corporations, would have a significant impact on illegal dumping.
Fines for dumping were previously limited to a maximum of $1,000 under the Litter
Act, for minor littering and bill posting. These fines will remain in place for the
dumping of small quantities of non-harmful materials.
“These new laws and the associated fines will encourage people to think more about
carefully about the waste they produce, encourage recycling and reuse of goods
where possible,” said Mr Kiernan.
“Illegal dumping is irresponsible and unacceptable. And we encourage the
community to proactively monitor bush and parklands near them so action can be
However, in endorsing the laws, Mr Kiernan cautioned the government about where
the revenue should be spent.
“What we’d like to see is fine revenue used for environmental protection and
education. That would be best way of ensuring long term outcomes” he said.
For more information contact Alex Serpo.
Alex[at]cleanup.org.au, 02 8197 3407.