Pally Landfill at Risk of Closing
Moree Plains Shire Council may consider closing the Pallamallawa village landfill after numerous incidences of illegal dumping of asbestos and tyres; and more recently trespass by cutting the fence.
Water and Waste Group Manager David Wolfenden explained there are increasing reports of large amounts of hazardous waste being dumped at the village landfill which is attracting concern from the NSW Environment Protection Agency.
“Over 50 tyres and 460 kilos of exposed asbestos timber and pipes have been illegally dumped which shows a complete lack of concern for the environment and the community; and poses real health risks other landfill users and clean-up crews.
“Ratepayers will now wear the cost of manning the landfill during opening hours and the clean-up bill; but if this despicable behaviour continues, the village tip will close and local residents will have to transport their waste to Moree,” said Mr Wolfenden.
Moree Plains Shire Council is again calling on the public to report anyone observed acting suspiciously at any one of its village landfill sites.
“Throughout the Shire, known hotspots are under CCTV surveillance and anyone caught dumping will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said Mr Wolfenden.
Individuals who are caught dumping rubbish can receive a fine ranging from $2000 to $4000 while corporations will receive fines from $4000 to $8000.
Reporting illegal dumping can be done by way of the ‘Snap, Solve and Send’ app which is a free iPhone application allowing you take a photo, select the incident and send to Moree Plains Shire Council; you can also telephone our Customer Service Centre on (02) 6757 3222 or call the EPA hotline on 131 555.