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New Measures To Cut Illegal Dumping In NSW

New measure to tackle illegal dumping in NSW
The NSW Environment Minister has announced two new measures to help reduce illegal dumping in the state.

Mark Speakman MP shared details of the expanded taskforce to target illegal dumpers and a new online reporting portal on 28 September.

The existing six-council Inner West Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) team in southern and eastern Sydney has become a new 14-council Sydney RID squad. This is now in operation thanks to an additional $1.7 million of funding from the Waste Less, Recycle More program.

“The new super squad will combine the resources of the councils to target illegal dumpers across approximately 670 square kilometres of Sydney through dedicated patrols, investigations and clean-ups,” Mr Speakman said.

The squad will aim to make it harder for illegal dumpers to operate, targeting industrial, residential and demolition waste.

“The RID Squads are one of our most powerful tools in the fight against illegal dumping which continues to be a major problem for local councils and costs taxpayers millions of dollars each year,” Mr Speakman added.

The participating councils are Bankstown, Ashfield, Auburn, Botany Bay, Canada Bay, Canterbury, Hurstville, Kogarah, Marrickville, Randwick, Rockdale, Strathfield, Sutherland and Waverley.

NSW has the toughest penalties in the nation for illegal dumping offences, with fines of up to a million dollars for individuals and $5 million for corporations. If caught, illegal dumpers could face heavy fines while repeat offenders could face prison time.

The second measure is the roll-out of a new online reporting portal, RIonline, designed to streamline the reporting and management of illegal dumping incidents across NSW.

“RIDonline not only will facilitate the clean-up and investigation of illegal dumps, but will also enable centralised data collection on illegal dumping sites and trends,” Mr Speakman explained. “By capturing centralised data the EPA will be able to build a complete picture of illegal dumping in NSW to gain a better understanding of the behaviour of dumpers and the locations they prefer.”

At first, the portal will only be available to registered land managers and agencies, with plans to open to the public from early next year to enable reports of illegal dumps to be logged by anybody from anywhere with details including waste type, GPS location mapping and photos.

The Environment Minister said reducing illegal dumping was a key priority of the government. $58 million is being allocated from Waste Less, Recycle More over five years to tackle illegal dumping. The government also has a target of reducing the volume of litter by 40 per cent by 2020.

The full strategy is available on the EPA website.

 

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