A BANKSIA Grove man has been fined $4500 and been ordered to pay costs of $788.30 for dumping a load of timber in a state forest in Nowergup.
Lloyd Stanley Kent, 41, dumped the load, which included treated pine, from the back of a utility on Old Yanchep Rd, in state forest 65 on June 24.
State forest 65 is notorious for illegal dumping and littering, and officers from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) had set up covert surveillance cameras to catch offenders at that location.
Mr Kent later admitted to dumping the waste and said it was because he was preparing for a rent inspection.
At a hearing in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on December 3, Magistrate Matthew Walton imposed a penalty of $4500 with costs of $788.30, noting general deterrence was a significant consideration.
DWER waste operations senior manager Matt Warnock said dumping material of any kind could damage the environment.
“To prevent insect attack, treated timber can contain chemicals such as copper, chrome and arsenic, which can leech into the soil,” Mr Warnock said.
“Contact your local council or look them up online for guidance on how to dispose of waste lawfully.”
“Our hidden camera operations target dumpers.
“If you offend, you may face a large fine.”
Anyone who witnesses illegal dumping is asked to call the department’s pollution watch hotline on 1300 784 782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org