Bushland in the Nulsen area remains littered with worn out tyres, burnt-out vehicles, old furniture and syringes after the third major illegal dumping since July.
The Esperance Express understands that surrounding residents have reported the spate of illegal dumpings to numerous agencies, with much of the waste in the middle of a firebreak.
“Nothing has been shifted,” a resident said.
“A lot of it [the waste] is just blowing through the bush now – it’s a mess.”
Shire of Esperance chief executive officer Matthew Scott said the investigation into the dumping at the site was ongoing.
“The Shire is still investigating illegal dumping in this area and we ask that illegal dumping activities be reported to us,” he said.
“Recyclable items can be delivered free of charge to the waste facility.”
Department of Communities General Regional and Remote Services assistant director Rachael Green insisted the issue was a problem across WA.
“Illegal dumping of rubbish on vacant land is a problem across the state, and it is not isolated to land owned by State Government agencies, it’s just as big an issue for private landowners,” she said.
“The Department of Communities is liaising with the Shire of Esperance regarding this illegal dumping.”
Under the Environmental Protection Act 1986, illegal dumping can carry a maximum penalty of $62,500 for individuals.
The shire investigate around 90 reports of illegal dumping each year.
Illegally dumped waste can be reported to the Shire of Esperance on 9071 0666.
Have you witnessed suspicious activity or vehicles illegally dumping waste in the Nulsen area? What do you think needs to be done to combat the issue?
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