Eurobodalla Council is using covert cameras in a bid to catch the shire’s illegal dumpers.
The cameras can be remotely activated and are being used in illegal-dumping hotspots, in addition to ranger patrols and signage.
Council’s Illegal Dumping Ranger Aaron Wickham said illegal dumping affected the aesthetics of local bushland and could also have a detrimental impact on Eurobodalla’s waterways and native flora and fauna.
“Council has good success in finding the culprits and issuing fines - and in many cases the offenders are also ordered to clean up the mess themselves,” he said.
“Anyone caught committing an illegal dumping offence faces heavy fines, with costs ranging from on-the-spot fines of $2,000 for individuals to $8,000 for corporations and up to $250,000 and possible jail time for more serious or repeat offences.”
Mr Wickham said illegal dumping hotspots were commonly secluded areas close to towns.
“One such hotspot is Ridge Road at Malua Bay, where we recently installed signage thanks to a grant from the Environment Protection Authority’s Regional Illegal Dumping program,” he said.
“The signage acts as a deterrent by advising that cameras are operational in the area 24 hours a day. It also states how the community can report illegal dumping.”
The most commonly dumped items include building and demolition waste, excavated material, green waste and mixed household waste including TVs computers, tyres and mattress – many of which can be dropped off at Council’s waste management facilities free of charge.
Report illegal dumping to Council on 4474 1000 or to the EPA hotline 131 555.
Above: New signs have been installed at the Ridge Road, Malua Bay, to deter illegal dumping.