A recent dumping of hazardous asbestos fibro roof sheeting at Uralba, has been reported to Council by concerned members of the public who live close to the dumping site.
Rachael Jenner, Environmental Health Officer at Ballina Shire Council said, ‘This irresponsible behaviour puts not only the individuals dumping the asbestos at risk but also anyone who inadvertently comes across it. Used tyres and a fridge have also been dumped in the same vicinity. Thanks to the quick action of those who reported it to Council, we are now investigating these incidences and arranging the safe clean up and disposal.’
‘Council is very serious about following up reports of illegal dumping, particularly involving asbestos and any evidence that may lead to tracking down and prosecuting the dumper. In addition to the serious health implications, the cost to rate payers for Council to clean up illegally dumped asbestos far outweighs the costs of proper disposal at Lismore’s licensed landfill,’ said Ms Jenner.
The risk of unnecessary asbestos exposure from the illegal dumping of asbestos poses a serious public health issue. For this reason there are hefty fines in place to deter the illegal handling of asbestos with dumpers facing recently increased fines of up to $500,000 for individuals and $2 million for corporations.
If anyone has further information relating to this particular dumping incident or are aware of any other illegal dumping behaviour, they can contact Council on 1300 86 4444. Alternatively, illegal dumping incidents can be quickly and easily reported online by the public at www.ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au
If you are a Ballina Shire resident considering home renovations and believe that you may have asbestos in your home, you can contact Council on 1300 86 4444 for further information on the availability of householder asbestos testing and disposal kits (conditions apply).