Charges laid for five men caught in illegal waste dumping

Five people have been caught in a sting operation for illegally dumping waste on land that is part of a State park.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) undertook the camera sting operation that caught the offenders dumping waste on 13 occasions.

Covert surveillance was set up at Warbrook Road in Jandabup in Perth’s northern suburbs, filming them dumping material.

The instances included a Toyota Landcruiser ute entering the area loaded with bricks and sand waste, with the vehicle photographed as the waste was dumped.

DWER inspectors found documents bearing the name Giuseppe Napoli among the waste.

Mr Napoli was charged with unauthorised discharge of waste under the Environmental Protection Act and he pleaded guilty, fined $4,500 plus $418 in costs.

A Nissan Patrol belonging to Erol Raphael was also filmed towing an uncovered trailer carrying sheets of broken corrugated fencing material containing Chrysolite white asbestos entering the site and also filmed leaving with an empty trailer.

Mr Raphael was charged under the Litter Act and also faced an additional charge for failing to identify who was driving the vehicle.

He was fined $4,000 plus costs of $418.

Chunks of demolished concrete were also dumped at the site on three separate occasions on January 22 and 23 in 2019 in another instance, with DWER alleging that a tip truck was hired to dump the waste.

Daniel Edward Shackleton was charged, pleaded guilty and was fined $9,000 plus $418 in costs.

In another incident, Gerald Francis Stidworthy was photographed on three occasions entering the site with a trailer full of waste and leaving with it empty on August 6, August 12 and September 18.

He pleaded guilty to charges and was fined $3,000 plus $418 in costs.

Christopher Thomas Winter also pleaded guilty to charges relating to five occasions in 2019 when he dumped green waste and sand.

He was fined $3,000 and ordered to pay costs of $766.40.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said he hoped the convictions sent a message.

“Operations like this will continue so this should serve as a reminder for people to do the right thing,” Mr Dawson said.

“While it might seem that dumping green waste in bushland causes little harm, it’s still damaging to the environment. It’s easy to dispose of waste legally, and people risk significant penalties if they do not.”

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