Dumped waste costs dearly

Workmen wore protective clothing and masks when they cleared asbestos dumped recently in West Swan.Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d406056
Workmen wore protective clothing and masks when they cleared asbestos dumped recently in West Swan.Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d406056

City CEO Mike Foley said although council does not record the cost of asbestos removal as a separate figure, the cost of clearing up all illegally dumped rubbish continues to climb each year.

‘This is an increasing cost for the City and, while we are increasing our efforts in regards to monitoring problematic areas, we urge locals to also keep an eye out,’ Mr Foley said.

‘The hot spots are generally rural areas, often adjacent to new development areas.

‘These are used by unscrupulous people, who have identified an area where they believe they will be unnoticed. Trends have also indicated the majority of dumping occurs outside of normal business hours.’

The City last week called on residents to report illegal dumping after reports of dumped asbestos in West Swan.

Resident Roy Pintor was driving near Whiteman Park when he saw four piles of fence sheeting, with plastic bags believed to be asbestos, dumped at the end of a secluded street. ‘There’s evidence of masks, clothes, beer bottles, there’s evidence that someone has dumped the asbestos in this street,’ he said.

‘I think this is outrageous’