Contractor fined $4000 for dumping waste material at Bondi 

21 December 2020

The Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad has fined a contractor $4000 plus administration costs for dumping waste material on council land at Bondi.

Around 10 tonnes of clay, soil and dirt were dumped recently on a footpath and nature strip outside a residential property in Edward Street.

An eyewitness reported the incident to the RID Squad after seeing a vehicle reverse onto the nature strip and unload the contents of the vehicle.

The RID Squad cordoned off the site and worked with the Waverley Council Compliance team to track down the alleged offender.

The quick-thinking eyewitness recorded the vehicle’s registration number which lead to the driver of the vehicle being identified and issued with a Clean-up Notice. Under the supervision of the RID Squad, the offender returned to the site to remove all the illegally dumped waste which was blocking a driveway and the footpath.

The offender was issued with $4000 fine under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act for causing a water pollution incident. Stormwater can pick up sediments that are not naturally found in our waterways and cause major pollution problems including toxic algal blooms.

The Sydney RID Squad are a team of experienced investigators working for local councils and authorised under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act to prevent and combat illegal dumping. It is supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority with funding from the waste levy.

If you see illegal dumping, report it at ridoneline.epa.nsw.gov.au or phone Waverley Council on 9083 8000.

-ENDS-

Media inquiries: media@waverley.nsw.gov.au or 0416 075 532