RUBBISH DUMP: Illegal sites where people are dumping their waste are becoming common.
RUBBISH DUMP: Illegal sites where people are dumping their waste are becoming common. Debbie Smith

New dumping ground a load of rubbish for some

EXPLORING what looked like a new road on the way to Salty Lakes near Broadwater, was instead a disgusting discovery of illegal dumping for Debbie Smith.

"(It was) a new dumping ground full of household goods only 50 metres from the road in the National Park,” she posted on the Evans Head Notice Board.

"Such a mess and not new as there was quite a large clearing and a pretty well worn track.

"So disappointed to see so much junk and couldn't be bothered taking it to the tip.”

In the battle to combat illegal dumping the NSW Government has given $126k to North East Waste, as part of the Combating Illegal Dumping Clean-up Prevention Grants Program.

Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis said North East Waste would co-ordinate a pilot program with Clarence Valley, Richmond Valley and Ballina Shire Councils.

"The project will engage an illegal dumping officer to work across the three council areas,” he said.

"The focus of the program is to use the new officer to build skills and confidence in council compliance teams to undertake illegal dumping investigations, prepare penalty notices and prosecutions and support the adoption of RIDonline to improve reporting.

"The project aims to raise the number of penalties issued for illegal dumping and increase media coverage of those penalties to heighten the perceived risk of getting caught in the community.”

The EPA released a centralised database RIDonline (Reporting Illegal Dumping online) designed to support public land managers to compile and analyse illegal dumping data across the state.

NSW has the toughest penalties for illegal dumping offences.