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Published Friday 10 January 2020
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Calls for community to dob in a dumper

tel:1300372842Mitchell Shire Council is calling on community to provide any information on a large roadside rubbish dump on Beveridge Road, near Minton Street, Beveridge.

Materials were a mix of industrial and household waste, with initial investigations suggesting the rubbish pile had come from outside the shire.

Such was the extent of materials Council staff needed a dump truck and skid steer to clear the area.

Dumping is a blight on our community and is illegal, with major penalties for those prosecuted. Council has received more than 200 requests in relation to illegal dumping with thousands of dollars spent on clearing materials - a cost our community has to cover.

Dumped materials can also pose health and environmental risks across the community and natural environment.

While Council makes all efforts to investigate illegal dumping, unfortunately, it is very difficult to prosecute but we do pursue this avenue wherever possible. In this case, some evidence has been left and a line of inquiry is proceeding.

If you have any information, please call Council on (03) 5734 6200. People can also report illegal rubbish dumping to EPA Victoria by calling 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).

Top tips for dobbing in a dumper:

  • Get to know your local area
  • Look for cars towing full trailers with rubbish around remote areas
  • Take pictures of number plate, make and model of car
  • Don’t touch the dumped rubbish, there is generally hazardous material

Visit our website for more on disposing waste the right way

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe

“It is a disappointing start to a new year when our staff need to be investigating illegal dumpers who have no regard for others or the impacts they can cause on our community and environment,” he said.

“We ask the community to be vigilant and report any illegal dumping activity. In this case it was a brazen act, with materials dumped on a road that is regularly used by motorists.

“In many cases illegally dumped rubbish could have been sent to our Resource and Recovery Centres for free. Fridge and white good, e-waste, cardboard and car batteries are just some of the items that can be dropped off for free.”

This page was last updated on 18 February 2020.