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Published Friday 8 May 2020
Tags:General, Environment, Media Release

Progress at major dump site

Some progress has been made on removing an industrial-sized waste dump at Newbridge Estate, Wallan.

Mitchell Shire Council has received confirmation the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria will continue to monitor the site to meet the requirements of the clean-up order.

Recent wet weather has delayed further progress at the site. At this stage of the investigation, EPA is following the Compliance and Enforcement Policy to determine if an offence has occurred. As such, EPA must proceed with exhausting its regulatory power available to ensure compliance.

Council receives a large number of requests in relation to illegal dumping with thousands of dollars spent on clearing materials - a cost the community has to cover.

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

Illegally dumped waste can consist of a single bag of household rubbish to large household items such as TVs, appliances and electronic waste, furniture, mattresses, and industrial wastes, construction and demolition materials, garden waste, packaging, tyres, old cars and soil.

To Dob in a Dumper, residents can Report It online.

Or, call Council on 03 5734 6200 or inform the EPA’s 24-hour pollution hotline on 1300 372 842.

“Mitchell Shire is a place of natural attractions and open spaces. Illegal dumpers have zero regard for residents or visitors of the Shire and the damage they could cause our community and environment."
Mitchell Shire Acting CEO Mary Agostino

Quotes from Mitchell Shire Acting CEO Mary Agostino

“We don’t want to see our municipality trashed. We remain in contact with external organisations to find solutions and ensure this mess is cleaned up.

“We are pleased to see some movement at the Newbridge Estate in Wallan and support the EPA to have the dump cleared.

“We urge the community to be vigilant and report any illegal dumping activity. It is time to Dob in a Dumper. So much of the waste typically found in dumpsites could have been sent to our Resource Recovery Centres for free."

This page was last updated on 21 May 2020.