The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined two people in separate incidents for dumping rubbish in an area of bushland managed by Forestry Tasmania on the Tasman Peninsula.
EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford said the successful action under the Litter Act 2007 was result of the combined investigation effort undertaken between the EPA and Forestry Tasmania.
“As a result of the joint investigations, both offenders were identified as local residents and were formally interviewed by the EPA and Forestry Tasmania officers,” said Mr Ford.
“The woman was detected dumping more than 55 litres of household rubbish and the man for dumping more than 55 litres of green waste, and they were each subsequently fined $785,” he said.
Forestry Tasmania discovered several locations on the Tasman Peninsula where household rubbish had been dumped and commenced a monitoring operation last year. Surveillance was undertaken at one of the dumping hotspots near Pettmanns Road, Eaglehawk Neck, which led to the detection of the two separate littering offences.
A Forestry Tasmania spokesperson said that the rubbishing by locals was particularly disappointing because it posed a potential risk to the community in terms of bushfires over the summer period.
“The unlawful dumping is a concern because rubbish tossed in the bush poses a potential risk as a source of fire ignition and a propellant,” said Forestry Tasmania’s spokesperson.
“Given our history of bushfires here, it is clearly anti-social behaviour for the close community of people on the Peninsula,” said the spokesperson.
“Illegal dumping can also lead to other dangers being present in our forests, such as deposits of substances like asbestos or toxic chemicals and the spread of weeds from garden waste, not to mention the blot on the landscape which detracts from Tasmania’s forest experience.”
EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford encouraged people to report littering offenders via the EPA website at www.epa.tas.gov.au/regulation/report-littering