Residents dumped on

A hastily made sign warns of the danger of deadly asbestos dumped at a local property recently.
A hastily made sign warns of the danger of deadly asbestos dumped at a local property recently.

The owners of the house discovered the dumped asbestos a few days after it was left covered in black plastic.

The property owners, who declined to give their name, said ‘we just have to cop it on the chin’.

‘It will cost $3000 to remove the asbestos and it seems they have dumped the material in broad daylight, so if anyone sees them it appears they are meant to be there.’

The offence has been reported to police, who so far have recorded the incident as trespass and littering. However, additional charges could be made if the offender is caught.

The Environmental Protection Act allows for fines up to $62,500 for individuals and $125,000 for companies for illegal dumping of asbestos.

City of Swan CEO Mike Foley said the council did not remove asbestos.

‘To ensure the safety of our workforce and to comply with legislation relating to the safe handling of asbestos, a contractor is employed to remove and dispose of waste if asbestos has been identified in the dumped materials,’ Mr Foley said.

‘The contractor’s staff are licensed to deal with securing and removing asbestos.’

While the City ensures dumped material is removed from its own land, it is the responsibility of individual property owners to arrange for the disposal of asbestos on their land ” even if this material has been dumped.

Mr Foley said the dumping of any waste, including asbestos, would not be tolerated.

Residents should write down the location, the material being dumped and a description of the vehicle and person or people involved in the offence and the time.

Mesothelioma sufferer and former builder Barry Knowles said asbestos dumping had always been a problem.

Mr Knowles said in the past asbestos was often dumped in a forest where people would discover it years later.

‘It seems the offenders have now become more brazen,’ he said.