$15,000 fine for asbestos dumper

Media release
An employee of an asbestos removal company who dumped a load of asbestos on the side of a road in Casuarina has been fined $15,000.
Last updated: 16 March 2023

Jack David Scofield, 21, was found guilty of dumping the asbestos on 13 March 2020 after it was rejected by an authorised waste facility in Kwinana because it was not labelled or marked with the words "CAUTION ASBESTOS", which is a legal requirement.

The asbestos was then driven to a cul-de-sac on Orton Road, Casuarina where a City of Kwinana employee observed the asbestos being dumped onto the side of the road.

On Wednesday 8 March 2023, Mr Scofield appeared in the Rockingham Magistrates Court and was fined $15,000 plus $4,163 costs.

In March 2022, then 33-year-old Rajwinder Singh, who was in the truck with Mr Scofield at the time of the dumping, was also fined $15,000. Magistrate Steven Malley said a message needed to be sent that this behaviour would not be tolerated.

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Senior Manager Waste Operations, Matt Warnock, said dumping asbestos was a particularly serious crime.

“These men were professionals who knew better than to dump asbestos illegally,” he said.

“Information about disposing of asbestos properly is available on the DWER website.”

Anyone who witnesses illegal dumping is asked to call the department’s Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782, email pollutionwatch@dwer.wa.gov.au or call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.