Northern suburbs dumpers hit with fines  

Media release
Two separate instances of illegal dumping in Perth’s northern suburbs have led to two women receiving fines. 

In the first case,  a 22-year-old woman was fined $1,700 with $783.50 costs for dumping a trailer load of household waste in a State Forest.

Alara Debbie Russell of Marangaroo admitted that on Wednesday, 22 April 2020 she dumped various household items including a television stand, chair, clothes, couch and a home gymnasium into State Forest 65 in Jandabup.

The vehicle and trailer used to transport the waste were recorded on covert surveillance cameras entering the site at 4:11pm loaded with waste and recorded again 12 minutes later heading in the opposite direction without the waste.  

In a separate case, 45-year-old Clarice Elizabeth Quartermaine of Karrinyup was recorded on covert cameras committing a similar offence in the same area.

She used her Holden Commodore to tow a trailer-load of household waste into State Forest on Monday 16 November 2020. She was caught on camera entering the area with a full trailer and leaving the area a short while later with the trailer empty. 

Ms Quartermaine was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay $783.50 costs. 

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Senior Manager Waste Operations, Matt Warnock said the correct course of action in both cases would have been to visit an authorised waste facility. 

“There are authorised waste and recycling facilities across WA,” Mr Warnock said. 

“These facilities can sort and process waste to reduce landfill and maximize recycling for a fee much less than the fines that these offenders incurred.” 

Illegal dumping can be reported to DWER's Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or to pollutionwatch@dwer.wa.gov.au.

Page reviewed 26 August 2021