RVC getting tough on illegal dumpers
Richmond Valley Council is cracking down on illegal dumpers. Illegal dumping is a huge problem in the area, with household waste, garden clippings, building and industrial waste regularly dumped. In fact, between July and December 2016, more than 410 hours of Council work were devoted to cleaning up after and investigating 91 illegal dumping incidents. The money required for this could have been used for education, or improving local infrastructure. Under the NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy, Richmond Valley Council has received funding to engage an illegal dumping officer. The officer is working with RVC’s Waste and Open Spaces teams, and regulatory officers to establish procedures to better identify, report and take action on illegal dumping. Fines for illegal dumping have recently been increased, to a minimum of $4000 for individuals and $8000 for corporations. Members of the public are encouraged to report illegal dumping via the EPA’s online reporting system RIDonline - https://ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au/#/home Reports made via RIDonline are sent to Council, which will investigate, clean up the incident and take action against any illegal dumpers identified.