Magistrate wastes no time convicting Tootgarook rubbish dumper

Published on 06 February 2019

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Mornington Peninsula Shire is standing by its zero-tolerance approach to illegally dumped rubbish on the Peninsula and has been backed by the Dromana Magistrate’s court.

On 10 January 2019, a Mornington Peninsula resident was found guilty of aggravated littering, sentenced with conviction, penalised $3509 and ordered to pay Council’s clean-up costs.

The offender was caught in the act unloading renovation materials from a trailer at a Tootgarook roadside.

Illegal dumping is a crime and can incur on the spot fines. Council will investigate all reported cases and prosecute dumpers with penalties of up to $9500.

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said dumped waste poses a serious threat to our wildlife and can lead to contamination of land, waterways and groundwater.

“It’s not hard to do the right thing with a long list of items able to be disposed of for little or no cost at our resource recovery centres or use your rates vouchers to book a kerbside collection.

“Council spends more than $700,000 at a cost to ratepayers per year cleaning up the mess left behind by illegally dumped waste and the Shire has collected 1,466 cases of illegal dumping in the past six months.

“Most of this dumped waste could have been disposed of for free at the Shire’s Resource Recovery Centres in Tyabb, Mornington and Rye”.

Free items you can drop off at the centres include: household recyclables; steel goods (excluding fridges & air conditioners); bikes; computers; televisions; paint (up to 100L); gas cylinders (up to 9 kg); motor oil (up to 20L); fluorescent globes and tubes and batteries.   

For a full list of items you can dispose of for free, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/wasteguide

Peninsula households can also book a kerbside waste collection service by calling 5950 1406. 

Everyone can support Council’s efforts to protect the environment and to keep the Peninsula clean by reporting dumpers at mornpen.vic.gov.au/dobinadumper or by calling 1300 850 600 or 5950 1000.