Cameras snap illegal dumper

A man has been fined $1760 for illegally dumping rubbish which would have cost $11.50 if he had taken it to Kirknie Road Landfill.

Burdekin Shire Council Environment and Health Manager Tracy Jensen said Council had set up surveillance cameras at a known illegal dumping site on Home Hill Road, Ayr.

“Council regularly checks the cameras and on September 26, a large amount of kitchen cupboards, cardboard and other materials were found dumped at the site,” she said.

“The surveillance records were checked and picked up a distinctive vehicle with personalised number plates at the site.

“Council officers interviewed the man and he admitted to dumping the material shown by the cameras.

“His reason was that it was cheaper than taking it to the Kirknie Road Landfill.

“Council subsequently fined him for ‘illegally dumping at a place with between 200l and 2500l of waste’ under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011.”

Ms Jensen said if the man had driven his load to Kirknie Road Landfill it would have cost him $11.50.

“Council is serious about stopping illegal dumping, that’s why we have cameras situated around the Shire at various spots,” she said.

“Residents face big fines if they are caught illegally dumping waste,” she said.

“It’s a lot cheaper to take rubbish to a transfer station or the landfill.”

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