A pile of materials containing asbestos has been dumped in Burnie

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The Advocate – Tasmania – March 22 2021

A pile of rubbish containing asbestos illegally dumped in Burnie has sparked anger from the community.

Left on West Mooreville Road, the rubbish was spotted by a local resident who brought it to the attention of the Burnie City Council.

Upon testing, it was confirmed as containing asbestos.

Burnie City Council mayor Steve Kons said they did not know who was responsible for the act but that it was a “serious offence” that incurs “significant penalities.”

He said “due to the amount of asbestos as the illegal dumping site” the removal would be contracted to an external specialist company, as aligns with WorkSafe protocols.

Burnie councillor Ken Dorsey said the behaviour was “unacceptable.”

“We are better than this,” Cr Dorsey said.

“It’s done by people who don’t think, and don’t care. There are a lot of ways to get rid of rubbish.

“I’ve got (multiple) tip passes. Just call me if you need a pass or send me a message.”

Materials containing asbestos can be disposed of at the Burnie Waste Management Centre, which is open 7 days a week, with more information available on the Burnie City Council website.

Alternatively, builders and home renovators can call the Waste Management Centre on 03 6430 5834.

RUBBISH PILE: The material illegally dumped on West Mooreville road. Picture: Supplied


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