Has your workplace been disposing of your waste legally?
Author: Zo Zhou
The City of Sydney is on the lookout for the person that illegally dumped two tonnes of asbestos in a side street, highlighting the need for everyone to ensure they know how to responsibly and legally dispose of their waste.
In NSW, penalties for illegally dumping waste that causes environmental harm are up to $1 million and/or seven years imprisonment for individuals, with a $5 million fine for corporations. Illegal dumping also pollutes local waterways and stormwater systems, attracting vermin and adding a financial burden to council and ratepayers. The City of Sydney for example spent over $13,000 cleaning up the site.
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