A PERSON who illegally dumped a trailer load of building and fencing materials on the side of the road in Caversham has been fined $1000.
On July 6, a community member witnessed the individual dump the materials and provided a description of the vehicle and its registration plate to the City, as well as a description of the driver, along with photographs and video footage.
City of Swan Deputy Mayor Kevin Bailey said thanks to the watchful eye of the community member the City was able to successfully prosecute.
Cr Bailey said the case was a timely reminder of the importance of the City’s Reduce Illegal Dumping (RID) program.
“Not only does illegal dumping harm our wildlife and create potential fire hazards; it costs rate payers close to a million dollars every year to clean up”, he said.
“We are all custodians of our community and our environment. It’s important that we do the right thing to look after our natural resources and we should call-out those who show disrespect.
“If you see illegally-dumped rubbish or witness someone in the act, please get in touch with us straight away because your information will make a difference.”
Through the RID program, anyone who spots illegally dumped waste can report it through a quick and easy online reporting system or over the phone.
The City takes a strong enforcement approach with infringements and prosecutions pursued.
Littering is an offence under the Litter Act 1979, and can be prosecuted with maximum fines of $5000 for individuals and $10,000 for corporations.
If you see illegally dumped waste, report it online or call 9267 9267.