Wingecarribee Shire Council Rangers are seeking information regarding the illegal dumping of construction waste at the intersection of Kirkham and Mittagong Roads in Bowral.
A total of three tonnes of waste was dumped sometime during the afternoon of Tuesday 10 December.
Council’s Regional Illegal Dumping Project Officer Sara Rich believes the waste may have originated from a recent demolition site.
“It’s simply unacceptable to put the community and the environment at risk with such a wanton act of dumping,” she said.
“The fact that this dumping occurred so close to the town centre makes this incident all the more appalling.
“To make matters worse we suspect that some of the material may contain asbestos.”
Under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, penalties include on-the-spot fines of up to $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for corporations.
Prosecuted offenders can also face severe clean-up and legal costs.
Residents or motorists who may have witnessed the illegal dumping are urged to contact Council.
“The more information that is supplied the better,” Ms Rich said. “Details such as the time of the incident and make, model and possible registration of the vehicle will all assist in helping us obtain a prosecution.”
Anyone with information on the dumping is urged to contact Council’s Rangers on (02) 4868 0888. Any information received will be held in strict confidence.
For more information on reporting incidents of illegal waste dumping phone the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) on phone 131 555 or visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/litter-and-illegal-dumping/report-illegal-dumping.