A CRANBOURNE man has been ordered to remove building waste illegally dumped in Tuerong and issued with two fines totalling $3700.
Officers from Mornington Peninsula Shire booked the man when he returned to the building site to collect more waste.
The man had been hired by the builder to remove waste from the site.
The shire issued a news release – Shire solves illegal dumping case – stating that “legitimate waste removal businesses” include the cost of disposing of legally into their fees.
“With more and more companies and individuals advertising cheap rubbish removal services on social media and the like, illegal dumping is rife,” the shire stated.
“As with most things, if it sounds too good to be true, it very likely is. When hiring someone to remove rubbish for you, you have the right to know how it is [being] disposed.”
The shire suggests that anyone hiring someone to dump their waste should ask if it will be disposed of legally and ask for a receipt to prove that was done.
If prosecuted in a magistrates court offenders can be fined more than $9000 with a conviction recorded.
“The Dob in a Dumper function on our website continues to deliver positive outcomes for our community and helps us protect our beautiful Mornington Peninsula,” the mayor Cr Steve Holland said. “In the 23-24 budget, we have prioritised our waste services.
“Illegal dumpers will face increased compliance action [and] for our residents we’ve increased tip vouchers from three to four, increased no-charge green waste events from two to four per year, and added tyres, fridges and mattresses to the list of items that are free to drop off at the tip.”
First published in the Mornington News – 18th July 2023