The Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) squad has issued 21 fines totalling $5,750 for the illegal dumping of rubbish outside charity shops in Bondi.
The offenders were issued fines of $250 to $500 under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, in an enforcement blitz involving surveillance cameras outside the Vinnies (St Vincent de Paul) shop on the corner of Chambers Avenue and Hall Street, Bondi Beach.
The illegal dumping incidents took place in June and July, with fines issued in August and September, according to a media statement issued by Waverley Council.
A spokesperson for the council said illegal dumping outside charity shops was problematic for both the charities concerned and the council, placing financial burdens on both.
“Not all charity shops accept the same items. It’s important to take the time to understand what is and isn’t accepted when you are planning to donate,” they said.
“It helps to follow a simple rule – if it doesn’t fit into the donation bin, don’t leave it on the ground – this is considered illegal dumping.”
The Sydney RID Squad specialises in preventing and combating illegal dumping, and is funded by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority and local government authorities, including Waverley Council.
RID investigators work for member councils, providing illegal dumping prevention and enforcement services across council boundaries, to combat dumping on a region-wide basis.
In September 2017, Waverley Council said it was committed to reducing dumping incidents in the LGA by 30 per cent by 2020, in line with the NSW Government’s Illegal Dumping Strategy.
A council spokesperson encouraged anyone who seens illegal dumping to report it online at ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au or by phoning Waverley Council on (02) 9083 8000.
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