EPA warns of free shed for dirty soil deal
NSW residents have had contaminated building waste dumped on their properties after agreeing to receive what they thought was clean dirt in exchange for a free shed.
Residents across the Hawkesbury, Hills and Hornsby council areas who responded to an ad on Gumtree received tonnes of soil that was flattened out before a large shed was built free of charge.
But when Environment Protection Authority officers investigating the dodgy delivery company tested the soil, they found it was contaminated with building and demolition waste including – in some instances – asbestos.
EPA compliance director Greg Sheehy says a free shed is not worth the cost and inconvenience of the subsequent clean-up.
“Residents need to treat offers of free or cheap fill extremely carefully and treat offers like a free shed with suspicion,” he said in statement on Wednesday.
“The simple message is that if the dirt deal seems too good to be true then it probably is.”
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