Up to 40 percent of donations received by charities is unusable rubbish that cost charities precious time and money to clean up. There has been a notable increase in individuals breaching their environmental obligations and engaging in illegal dumping of unusable goods and rubbish. The NSW government is responding by introducing a number of measures to deter individuals from engaging in illegal dumping at charity sites.
The measures include working with charities such as St Vincent de Paul, the Salvation Army and Mission Australia to install surveillance cameras at their worst hit sites. Envirocam are being enlisted to then review the tapes and report any dumping incidents to the local council authority. Illegal dumpers will face penalties ranging from a warning letter to fines up to $4,000 for illegal dumping and breaches of their environmental obligations.
For a statement about the issue click on the following link –http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/resources/MinMedia/EPAMin14122901.pdf (link is external)
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