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Please dispose of waste responsibly in the south-west

Rubbish dumped at Muja Conservation Park
Rubbish dumped at Muja Conservation Park Parks and Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is calling on community members in the south-west to dispose of rubbish responsibly.

Regional wildlife officer Pia Courtis said ongoing incidents of littering and waste dumping on conservation lands were disappointing.

“The forests and bushland of the south-west are vital for providing habitat for our plants and animals and for helping to maintain biodiversity, they are important for recreation and tourism, they are catchment areas for our water supply and they are places with a rich heritage,” Ms Courtis said.

“The last thing we need is rubbish, particularly hazardous items such as car batteries, containers for chemicals and vehicle parts, being dumped in the bush.

“This kind of material can degrade the vegetation; it causes a fire risk and can contaminate the soil and waterways.

“Rubbish is also unsightly – who wants to see piles of refuse in the forest?”

Ms Courtis said a person found dumping rubbish in Muja Conservation Park in April had been issued with a $500 infringement notice under the Litter Act 1979.

“This incident involved littering creating a public risk, a category which includes broken glass, sharp-edged metal or earthenware, car bodies and car parts, batteries, containers for hazardous chemicals,  pills, capsules or tablets, fridges and freezers with doors attached, tyres, lit cigarettes and syringes,” Ms Courtis said.

“The department is urging people to do the right thing with their rubbish and not dump it in our national parks, nature reserves, conservation parks and reserves.”

Littering attracts fines of up to $5000 for individuals and can be reported to Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA on 1300 00 737 678.

Illegal dumping can be reported to the Department of Environment Regulation’s 24-hour pollution watch hotline on 1300 784 782. Illegal dumping carries a maximum fine of $125,000 for corporations and $62,500 for individuals.

 

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