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Eumundi resident fined for dumping trash in nature reserve

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Dumping your trash illegally could end up costing you a whole lot more than simply taking it to the tip, a lesson one Eumundi resident has learned the hard way.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council has issued the person with a $2,135 fine, after around 800L of rubbish was dumped down an embankment in a nature reserve, following an investigation by the region's Illegal Dumping Officers.

Councillor Christian Dickson says illegal dumping is taken very seriously and carries significant penalties.

“It was shocking to hear that this resident had gained vehicle access to a restricted track in the nature reserve and then dumped approximately 800 litres of household waste down an embankment,” Cr Dickson says.

“The dumped waste contained dangerous plastics and emitted a foul odour that had begun to attract wildlife scavengers which tore bags open, spreading the harmful plastics, risking their health and causing further environmental contamination.

“This waste could have been disposed of correctly and simply through council’s household bin collection, so it really was a senseless act."

The local has also been issued a compliance notice to clean up the waste, and Councillor Dickson says the mess has now been removed.

“In this instance, the responsible person has returned to the site and removed the illegally dumped waste as per the compliance notice."