PERTH courts issued more than $15,000 in fines, court and clean-up costs to people involved in three separate illegal dumping cases.
The cases went to court in October following investigations by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER).
One man who dumped a large quantity of brown sludge onto the ground at Cockram Road in Martin on August 9, 2018 was fined $7500 and more than $1280 in court costs after he was convicted of two counts of illegally dumping waste on October 11.
Horizontal Directional Drilling director Mark David Forbes admitted to dumping waste on land, owned by the City of Gosnells and Holcim (Australia).
On the same day in Joondalup Magistrates Court, a woman was fined $2000 and ordered to pay more than $320 in court costs for dumping a large quantity of pamphlets in Yanchep on March 3, 2018.
The department’s investigations traced the illegal dumping to local pamphlet delivery walker Kristy Elizabeth Vernon.
On October 4, also in Joondalup Magistrates Court, Kustom Panel and Paint owner Joseph Fredrick Suvalko was fined $2500 for a controlled waste offence and ordered to pay costs of more than $750.
In addition, the court ordered him to pay $638, the clean-up costs for the drums of waste dumped at the site, uncovered by a DWER patrol of Koala Road in Pinjar on June 15, 2018.
Two drums included the name “Kustom” written in permanent marker.
“Illegal dumping is a crime that demonstrates contempt for the environment,” Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said.
“Businesses that generate waste must ensure that it is lawfully reused, recycled or disposed of.
“Any form of illegal dumping can be costly for the offender and the environment that is impacted.
“With a significant investigative network, DWER’s inspectors will continue to do everything they can to track down those responsible for illegally dumping waste in WA.”