The EPA recently issued two Litter Infringement Notices under the Litter Act 2007 to two women caught separately for dumping rubbish in the bush in North West Tasmania.
One notice was served on a woman from Wynyard for depositing more than 55 litres of green waste in a public place. The dumping occurred on Beswick Road, Oldina on land managed by Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT). The offender was charged $840.
Meanwhile, a Turners Beach woman was fined $336 for depositing more than 55 litres of household rubbish in an open private place off Thirteen Mile Road, Castra. This was also on STT managed land.
The latest infringements are part of a focused crack-down on rubbish dumpers, and are a result of ongoing joint surveillance by EPA and STT officers in the region.
Rubbish dumping in natural areas such as forests, lakes and rivers is a social, economic and environmental problem. Such rubbish can smother vegetation, degrade habitat, pollute waterways with toxic chemicals, introduce weeds, increase bushfire risk, and encourage the establishment of feral animal populations. This can have a significant ecological impact but also greatly reduces the public amenity of the area for the local community, and it is costly to clean up.
Members of the public are encouraged to report rubbish dumping and littering to the EPA.
If you see someone littering you can lodge a littering report via our website or call the Litter Hotline on 1300 135 513 to request that a littering report form be sent to you.
You can also make a report if you find litter or dumped rubbish that needs to be cleaned up, by completing the Report Rubbish online form. This asks for your personal details, the location and type of rubbish found and (if possible) photo evidence to assist the land managers to investigate and remove the rubbish.
The EPA follows up reports to the Litter Hotline (where the required details of the offence have been provided) in order to issue an Infringement Notice. EPA officers may also assist the landowner (eg. Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Service, Crown Land or Local Council) to investigate cases of illegal rubbish dumping.