$12,000 fine for dumping whitegoods in bushland

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A Banksia Grove woman has been fined $12,000 and ordered to pay $780.70 in costs after she was convicted of illegally dumping waste under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
Last updated: 15 January 2021

Lynette Kylee Reader, 32, was caught by a Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) covert camera operation when she dumped whitegoods on Warbrook Road in Jandabup (State Forest 65) on six occasions between 10 September and 10 December 2019. 

Each time, Ms Reader was caught on camera early in the morning dumping household waste and whitegoods, consisting of washing machines and dryers.

It was alleged that Ms Reader collected second-hand whitegoods to strip for parts to produce working machines for sale online. She then dumped the old donor machines and unwanted parts at Warbrook Road. 

In sentencing at the Joondalup Magistrates Court, Magistrate Matthew Walton said Ms Reader's actions displayed a blatant disregard for the accepted practices of disposal of whitegoods, and that there was a "quasi-commercial" aspect to the dumping in light of the internet advertisements. 

DWER Acting Senior Manager of Waste Operations, Cliff Bliss, said Ms Reader joined a long list of offenders caught out by covert security cameras.

“We have stepped up the use of covert cameras to catch people dumping waste like this,” Mr Bliss said.

“The locations of the cameras change all the time and there is a high chance that if you take part in illegal dumping you will be caught.”

To report illegal dumping please contact DWER’s 24 hour Pollution Watch hotline on 1300 784 782 or use the online reporting form.