A Ballina man has been fined $3000 and ordered to pay costs totalling $3570 after being found guilty of two charges of unlawfully transporting waste.
Ballina Local Court yesterday heard Simon Feodoroff had transported waste on two occasions in early 2006 to a holding tank in Ellangowan Road, Coraki.
After finding the tank was full, Fedeoroff instead dumped the waste in a nearby ditch.
Investigators of the Department of Environment and Climate Change were alerted by local police, who visited the premises in March 2006 and observed vegetation die-back and a smell of grease waste.
Subsequently DECC investigators found about 220 square metres of low lying vegetation at the site, such as grasses and ferns, which were in a state of significant die-back and covered in thick sludge like grease waste.
DECC Director General Lisa Corbyn said grease waste was a menace to the environment and the community if not disposed of in accordance with the relevant law.
“The management of waste is strongly regulated to protect the environment,” she said.
“This case clearly shows that it is not acceptable to dump such waste illegally and DECC will not tolerate illegal waste dumping of any kind.
“Anyone wanting to report illegal waste dumping is encouraged to call DECC Environment Line on 131555.”