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Help Keep Our Airport Clean

Help Keep Our Airport Clean

09/09/2009 

The illegal dumping of rubbish and contaminated waste is an ongoing issue for the Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown community. Recently, an airport tenant employee witnessed some illegal dumping resulting in the dumper being charged. The dumper is currently facing prosecution and potential fines of up to $250,000.

“The registration details of the vehicle involved were reported to the Airport and we have worked with the team at the Western Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad to commence an investigation, said Ms Desiree Lammerts, Environment Manager, Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown.

“From this information the Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad was able to identify the dumper. As well as being required to clean up the site, the dumper is now facing prosecution under the NSW Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

Dumping creates problems for the Airport and the aviation community. Unwanted waste has many safety implications such as attracting birds which create problems for aircraft safety, foreign object debris on runways and taxiways are potential hazards, and improperly disposed waste creates further operational and Occupational Health and Safety risks for the Airport. Illegal dumped building waste also brings potential problems for the Airport.

“We encourage anyone who witnesses any dumping on the Airport, or other public place, to take note of the vehicle registration details and report it. For any dumping witnessed on the Airport, please contact the Airport Environment Team on 8709 9409 and for all dumping off the Airport, the Western Sydney RID Squad can be contacted directly on 4732 7446.

“Dumping has become a major problem for the community and clean-up costs are astronomical. Please dob in a dumper, wherever you see them – on or off the Airport,” encouraged Ms Lammerts.

Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown works closely with the Western Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping to ensure a regional approach to illegal dumping. From 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008 the Western Sydney RID Squad investigated 2,175 illegal dumping incidents involving 4,843 tonnes of waste.
Investigations resulted in 37 clean-up notices and 404 penalty notices being issued. The RID Squad activity has resulted in around 50% of the illegally dumped waste being removed by offenders, an increase over previous years.

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Media information: Meredith Laverty 0414-523-060
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About the Western Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad

The Western Sydney RID Squad was established in 1999 to solely combat illegal dumping incidents. With support from DECC, RID members Bankstown City Council, Baulkham Hills Shire Council, Fairfield City Council, Holroyd City Council, Liverpool City Council and Penrith City Council have formed a partnership to ensure illegal dumping issues are addressed in a regional manner. For more information on Western Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad visit the website