Bruce Thomas

Crackdown on illegal dumping

NORTH East Waste will receive almost $126,000 from the NSW Government to help combat illegal dumping in the Northern Rivers, Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast, Chris Gulaptis, announced yesterday.

It is one of 19 organisations awarded a grant under the NSW Government's third round of the Combating Illegal Dumping Clean-up and Prevention Grants Program.

Mr Gulaptis said North East Waste would co- ordinate a pilot program with Clarence Valley, Richmond Valley and Ballina Shire councils.

"The project will engage an illegal-dumping officer to work across the three council areas," he said.

"The focus of the program is to use the new officer to build skills and confidence in council compliance teams to undertake illegal dumping investigations, prepare penalty notices and prosecutions and support the adoption of RIDonline to improve reporting.

"The project aims to raise the number of penalties issued for illegal dumping and increase media coverage of those penalties to heighten the perceived risk of getting caught."

The grants program is funded under the NSW Government's Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, which includes funding for business recycling, market development, managing problem wastes, new waste infrastructure, councils and programs to tackle illegal dumping and litter.



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