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Published Friday 14 May 2021
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Beveridge man cops hefty fine for illegal dumping

The decision to dump a trailer load of waste on Old Sydney Road has proven a costly exercise for a man from Beveridge.

Mitchell Shire Council is serious about stamping out illegal dumping, and last month successfully prosecuted the man in Seymour Magistrates’ Court

On 3 November, 2020, Council’s CCTV cameras captured a vehicle with a trailer stopping on Old Sydney Road. Two men got out of the vehicle and unloaded the rubbish on the side of road before driving away.

The Beveridge man, who didn’t appear in court, was found guilty of aggravated littering, failure to respond to request for information and failure to remove litter when directed and was fined $2127.40.

Illegal dumping costs Council more than $180,000 each year.

The illegal dumping of waste and littering can cause significant environmental issues including land contamination, pollution of waterways, increased fire risk and harm to local wildlife and their habitats.

Council is working in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency to curb illegal dumping in Mitchell.

Council’s Resource Recovery Centres accept lots of items free of charge including e-waste, car batteries, cardboard, gas bottles, foam and fluorescent globes. Ratepayers receive five barcoded vouchers on their first rates notice each year that can be used at the Resource Recovery Centres.

To report illegally dumped waste please use the Report an Issue form, phone Council on 5734 6200 or contact the EPA’s 24-hour pollution hotline on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).

The Beveridge man has until 14 May to appeal his conviction and have the matter heard again.

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

“We take a strong stance on illegal dumping because not only does it have the potential to destroy the natural beauty of our local environment, but also because everyone has to foot the bill for other people’s waste.

“If you see something, say something. Everyone has a role to play in reducing illegal dumping, from ensuring their waste is disposed of legally to reporting people that they notice leaving waste in the local area.

“Council takes any illegal dumping seriously. If you get caught dumping litter within our municipality you will end up in court.

Comments from CEO Brett Luxford

“Rest assured that we’re working hard to catch illegal dumpers of any kind. It doesn’t matter if you are a resident, a business or a visitor, you cannot leave your rubbish in our community.

“We have placed a number of CCTV cameras across our entire community – you will be caught. We will continue our efforts to ensure our community remains a healthy, connected and sustainable place to live.

This page was last updated on 14 May 2021.