Dob in illegal dumping

THE NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is calling for the public’s help to control illegal dumping in parks and reserves after an eagle-eyed photographer helped convict one unsuspecting delinquent dumper.

But Tweed Shire Council warned its rangers already had litterbugs in their sights. The council has had success tracking down litterbugs because many carelessly leave clues in their rubbish.

The latest call from the NPWS for the public to keep an eye out for illegal activities in its parks, which are often remote, follows the quick actions of a nature photographer in snapping a rogue dumper who was subsequently fined more than $2000.

“The public is one of our greatest tools for fighting environmental vandalism, and their efforts have resulted in two successful prosecutions and over $10,000 worth of fines in the past six months,” a NPWS spokesman said.

“With their continued help we can significantly up our chances of catching illegal dumpers and help stamp out this type of unlawful activity.”

The spokesman said the community could report illegal dumping to the Environment Line on 131 555, 24 hours, seven days a week.



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