River rubbish dumping by Murray River next to Wodonga Regional Park was a costly move

EPA regional services executive director Damian Wells

EPA regional services executive director Damian Wells

Illegally dumping industrial waste by the Murray River has cost one Wodonga individual more than $3600 in fines.

The construction waste was dumped at three separate properties on Carrolls Lane, situated on flood plains of the Murray River next to Wodonga Regional Park.

EPA regional services executive director Damian Wells said none of the sites were licensed to receive industrial waste.

“Officers found large quantities of illegally-dumped industrial waste that included concrete rubble, timber pallets, doors, off-cuts and chipboard at the sites, which is an offence under the Environment Protection Act,” Mr Wells said.

“All of the waste must be cleared from the three sites so that no contamination of the environment can occur.

“The waste must be taken to a site, such as a landfill, that is licensed to receive it.”

The EPA also issued notices to the occupier of the premises requiring all of the industrial waste to be removed.

Mr Wells said reducing large scale illegal dumping was a key priority for EPA.

“Illegal dumping of industrial waste undermines legitimate businesses and Victoria’s waste management and resource recovery system,” he said.

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