On Monday 24 October 2022, Adam Robert Neil’s Toyota Hilux was caught on a hidden camera being driven into bushland off Ashendon Road in the semi-rural suburb of Leslie, located in the City of Armadale. It had a load of household waste in the tray. When the vehicle was videoed leaving the scene several minutes later, the tray was empty. The waste was found later at the site by inspectors from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
A notice was hand-delivered to Mr Neil’s address in Martin requiring him to identify who was driving his vehicle at the time. Mr Neil failed to respond to the notice.
In the Armadale Magistrates Court on 22 August 2023, Mr Neil, 37, entered a plea of guilty and was fined $2,000 for the littering offence, plus $500 for failing to disclose who was driving. He was also ordered to pay costs of $788.30.
During sentencing, Magistrate Tanya Watt said the offence was not a minor case of littering. She said it was compounded by the fact that he refused to respond to the request to identify the person responsible.
DWER Senior Manager of Investigations, Sally Heitman, said there was no excuse for dumping waste illegally.
“It was pointed out in court that local councils provide many opportunities through verge collections to get rid of this kind of waste,” she said.
“Step one should always be to search online for legal and responsible waste disposal solutions, not to just dump rubbish in the bush.”
Illegal dumping should be reported to the department’s Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Crimestoppers on 1300 333 000.