Illegal dumping results in fine

Media release
A Doubleview man who used a hired tip truck to illegally dump a load of sand, roots and rubble has been fined $2,000 and ordered to pay costs.

Daniel Ernest McMillan, 39, was caught on surveillance cameras entering Hopkins Road in Nowergup on Friday 27 November 2020 with a load of sand and plant roots in the tray of a tip truck then leaving the site eight minutes later with the tray empty. 
 
On Friday 3 September in the Joondalup Magistrates Court Mr McMillan was fined $2,000 with costs of $908.50. 
 
The maximum penalty for individuals who commit the offence under 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 dumping sand and root material has a negative impact on the environment. 
 
“Dumping sand and plant material can introduce invasive weeds, Phytophthora ‘Dieback’ disease, and encourage more illegal dumping,” Mr Warnock said. 
 
“Most local councils have online fact sheets on how to correctly dispose of different types of waste and I would encourage people to follow those guidelines.” 
 
Anyone who witnesses illegal dumping is asked to call the department’s Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or email pollutionwatch@dwer.wa.gov.au.
 

Page reviewed 7 September 2021