In June 2018, The Litter and Illegal Dumping Compliance Operation (LIDCO) team of the Department of Environment and Science in Queensland, shared their work administering litter, illegal dumping and unsolicited advertising material provisions under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011. Their work includes investigating matters and delivering co-ordinated, consistent, timely and transparent enforcement action as part of a state-wide network. The team also assists local government and state agencies to manage and prevent illegal dumping incidents through continual capacity building and behaviour change.
The presentation included a case study investigating an illegal dumping incident thought initially to be stagnant water, but that turned out to be an interesting investigative journey.
The Litter and Illegal Dumping Compliance Operation (LIDCO) team (within Conservation and Sustainability Services, in the Department of Environment and Science) undertake compliance activities with respect to litter and illegal dumping in Queensland and enforce offences under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011. The team works closely with local governments, departmental regional officers and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to better manage litter and illegal dumping across the state.
Years of careful investigation, surveillance and thorough preparation by the EPA’s waste and legal teams came to a close after one of the NSW's most notorious illegal dumpers, Mr Dib Hanna was sentenced to three years in prison by the Land and Environment Court.
The court found Mr Hanna guilty on five charges brought against him by the EPA. The charges related to the illegal transport and dumping of asbestos waste on private properties in western Sydney in 2015 and 2016.
Mr Hanna was also ordered to clean up the waste, publish details of his conviction in several newspapers and to pay the EPA’s legal costs.
Justice Brian Preston said Hanna had shown limited remorse for his actions and the likelihood of reoffending was high.
"You caused harm to the environment and harm to human health," he said.
"Your conduct was deliberate and intentional ... you did this to save money by avoiding paying tipping fees for a licenced waste facility."
He will be eligible for parole in July 2020.