On 26 April 2021 just before 8am, a Honda Accord towing a trailer containing car parts and household waste was captured on security camera entering a car park at the rear of a premises on Great Eastern Highway in Redcliffe. The driver, Brett Andrew Hunt, unloaded the waste into the car park and drove off.
It was later determined that the trailer was stolen.
In the Perth Magistrates court on 9 March 2022, 50-year-old Mr Hunt was fined $3,250 and ordered to pay costs of $780.30.
The maximum penalty for an individual who dumps waste contrary to section 49A(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 is $62,500.
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Senior Manager Waste Operations, Matt Warnock said the conviction was a direct result of the crime being reported.
“This was a blatant act that was reported to us after it was caught on a security camera,” Mr Warnock said.
“I want to assure everyone that if we receive a report we will act on it, so please: if you see something say something.”
Anyone who witnesses illegal dumping is asked to call the department’s Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.