Hunt is on for asbestos dumper
AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after the illegal dumping of asbestos at a Fraser Coast waste facility last week, an action labelled as “downright dangerous”.
Fraser Coast Regional Council was forced to organise an urgent, costly clean-up at the Nikenbah Transfer Station after staff discovered the asbestos.
The back section of the transfer station was shut down as a safety measure while the clean-up was organised.
Councillor David Lee said the dumping of the asbestos was “not just lazy” but “downright dangerous” as there were strict safety procedures required when disposing of the material.
“Council staff were alarmed to discover that someone had dumped asbestos in the steel pile and the builders’ waste area,” Cr David Lee said.
As part of its investigation into the incident, the council is reviewing CCTV footage of people who attended the facility in the lead-up to the illegal activity.
Fines for dumping asbestos start from $2,669 for individuals, while a corporation, could be forced to pay from $10,008.
The Saltwater Creek Road landfill in Maryborough is the only Fraser Coast waste facility that accepts asbestos.
All asbestos waste taken for landfill disposal must be double wrapped or double bagged in heavy-duty 0.2mm polyethylene sheeting with a tape seal, clearly marked with “ASBESTOS”.