Air conditioner dumping leads to fine

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An Iluka man has been fined $3,000 and ordered to pay costs of $783.50 for dumping an old air conditioner unit in bushland in Jandabup in the City of Wanneroo.
Last updated: 18 June 2021

Jay Jefferson Marsh was photographed driving a Ford Ranger utility towing a trailer containing the evaporative air conditioner unit and other items on Warbrook Road in Jandabup on 2 January 2021. The vehicle was caught on camera a short time later with an empty trailer.

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation officers conducting an inspection along Warbrook Road discovered a pile of waste on the side of the road. The photographs led the officers to Mr Marsh.

The waste was located within State Forest 65, which is a common area for illegal dumping.

Mr Marsh was sentenced in the Joondalup Magistrate’s Court on Friday 11 June 2021, with Magistrate Campione noting that there was a strong need for general deterrence, and that dumping caused the possibility of contamination and of wildlife being trapped and injured.

DWER Executive Director Compliance and Enforcement, Stuart Cowie, said officers would continue to target illegal dumpers.

“Fines and a criminal record can be avoided by simply taking waste to an authorised facility,” Mr Cowie said.

The maximum penalty for illegal dumping under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 is $62,500 for an individual or $125,000 for a body corporate.