Choose carefully to avoid fines
ILLEGAL dumpsites have been discovered around the Warracknabeal area in the past couple of weeks despite constant reminders of the risks involved.
Yarriambiack Shire Council Local Laws Officer, Craig Byron, has found several sites along Langleys Road following a tip off from a concerned resident.
“The first dump site is about 400 metres off Rainbow Road on Langleys Road,” he said.
“A second site, about a kilometre further on was also discovered,” Mr Byron said.
The first site contains a mix of green and hard waste, primarily old garden pots while the second site has what appears to be the rubbish from a possible renovation job.
The council believe the latest dumpsites may be connected to sites discovered along the Yarriambiack Creek late last year.
“Illegal dumping contaminates the environment, and leaves the community or landholders paying for the clean up,” Mr Byron said.
The warmer months are the renovation season and many people get busy redecorating, but it also the time of year that more illegal dumpsites are found.
“Choose carefully how to get of rubbish,” Craig Byron said.
“People should be using council tips to dispose of rubbish, if they can’t fit it in the household bins provided by Council,” he said.
“We often have incentives such as free green waste days and tip vouchers that people struggling financially can use,” Mr Byron said.
Fines for illegally dumping rubbish begin at $317 for the first offence and escalate from the second and subsequent offences.
Anyone with information about illegal dumping is encouraged to report it to the council.