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TOUGH FINES FOR ILLEGAL DUMPERS URGENTLY NEEDED

Tougher penalties for illegal dumping of rubbish are urgently needed

Media Release - 26 October 2009

Tougher penalties for illegal dumping of rubbish are urgently needed, Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan said today, following revelations there has been a 60 per cent increase in the environmental crime over the past two years.

“Illegal dumping is an act of environmental vandalism. It is a deliberate act by some people who avoid paying to dispose of rubbish responsibly and then pocket the fees they saved,” Mr Kiernan said.

“A much tougher regime of fines is now necessary to ensure these few, irresponsible people understand it is more expensive to dump then to dispose of rubbish in landfill or at a recycling depot.

“Most of the community is now responsible about rubbish and once aware of the value of waste as a resource, such as for recycling, most people make sure rubbish is not dumped in the environment.”

Mr Kiernan said that, unfortunately, often it is waste that can easily be recycled, such as building and demolition waste, that ends up being dumped by unscrupulous people.

Mr Kiernan also said it is critical that revenue raised from tougher fines is funnelled straight back into environmental programs.

"We've also got to make sure that fine revenue is being used in environmental protection and education.”

For further information contact Alana Mew, 0423 377 567

 
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