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National parks are not for rubbish dumping

Media release: 12 February 2013

With many people on the State’s north coast still in the midst of their post-storm clean-up, authorities are reminding people to dispose of waste properly and to report illegal dumpers.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Richmond Rivers Area Manager Mark Pittavino over summer many people may do a household clean-out and the recent storms have created extra green waste.

“Sadly some people choose not to use their local tip and instead decide may be easier dump their rubbish in a national park,” Mr Pittavino said.

“The penalties if caught are much greater than tip fees”, he said.

“People are encouraged to contact the police or the NPWS if they see anyone dumping waste, or driving trailers of rubbish into national parks.

Mr Pittavino said dumped rubbish also posed a threat to the environment.

“Not only is it unsightly there is always an increased fire risk and toxic waste can be washed into waterways.

“Household waste can also attract vermin and pose potential health risks,” he said

Mr Pittavino said it was disappointing that around 12 tonnes of rubbish had to be removed from Bungawalbin National Park, south of Coraki, last summer (2012).

“Report suspected illegal dumpers contact Crime Stoppers 02 1800 333 000 or the NPWS office at Alstonville 0266270200.”

Images of dumped waste: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48646673@N07/sets/72157632736035537/

Contact: Lawrence Orel

Page last updated: 07 March 2014