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Environmental Vandalism

By 19 April 2013General Law

Last year, in the Sydney area, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) conducted a series of enforcement campaigns to crackdown on the illegal disposal of asbestos waste.

Asbestos is a hazardous material that can cause serious health impacts if not handled correctly. There are strict guidelines for the handling, storage and transport of asbestos waste, and these are regulated by the EPA and local council authorities.

Asbestos waste must be disposed of at a lawful landfill, and the EPA website provides a list of lawful landfills at which this hazardous material can be received under supervision.

Recently at Ultimo, an inner Sydney suburb; shocking CCTV images showed a truck dumping two tonnes of asbestos construction waste in a laneway close to two pre-schools. Parents arriving to pick up children inadvertently drove through the spillage and spread it even further.

The truck had numerous distinctive markings, so council are hoping someone will recognise it and dob in this ratbag driver, who had covered his number plate to avoid detection.

Council have released the incriminating footage, and hope to enlist public help to catch this environmental vandal, who showed complete disregard for the health and safety of the school children.

Council officials stated that it cost $13,000 to clean up the area after the alarm was raised.

If apprehended, the driver of the truck faces a $1 million fine and up to seven years jail.