Council cleans up after asbestos dumped illegally in Kingsgrove

15/06/2016

Georges River Council Waste Officers have worked with NSW Police, Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad, and Fire Brigade to clean up around 6 cubic metres of asbestos that was illegally dumped in The Crescent, Kingsgrove.

The contaminated material was reported to Police by a member of the public early Monday morning. 

Georges River Council General Manager Gail Connolly said the illegal dumping of contaminated waste such as asbestos is both criminal and reckless, and compromises public safety.

“This has cost Georges River ratepayers more than $10,000, and that money could have been better spent on childcare facilities, library services, or parks and roads maintenance,” she said.

“The Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad are leading the investigation and CCTV footage is being reviewed from businesses in the area, who have been cooperative with requests for information.”

“Thanks to the efforts and protocols followed by NSW Police, Fire Brigade, Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad, and Council Officers, the waste materials are now secured, contained, and have been removed,” she said.

“Council has a 24 hour phone line residents can access 7 days a week to report issues such as illegal dumping, which is 9330 6400.”

“I urge any residents and community members who witness illegal dumping to contact Council via this number and report the matter.” Council officers and contractors safely removed the waste on Tuesday.

TO REPORT ILLEGAL DUMPING

Georges River Council Service Centre: 9330 6400 24 hours, 7 days a week

Sydney RID: 131 555 or report online at https://ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au/#/home