RID Squad operation targets Cessnock

The Hunter Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad will be out in force over the coming weekend, with an enforcement operation planned in the Cessnock local government area.

The Hunter Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad will be out in force over the coming weekend, with an enforcement operation planned in the Cessnock local government area.

RID Squads are regionally based teams specialising in dealing with illegal dumping, landfilling, asbestos and other contaminated waste issues.  

Working across local government boundaries, RID Squads use a strategic, coordinated approach to preventing illegal dumping and focus on the particular issues within their region.  

The squads are funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the member local councils who work together and pool resources.  

RID Squad spokesperson Rob Robertson said the results of the squad are already proving successful.  

“Those who participate in illegal dumping activity should be aware that sophisticated surveillance measures are in place to identify and prosecute for such offences,” Mr Robertson said.  

“Our investigators will be out and about in the area patrolling and investigating incidents of illegal dumping throughout the Cessnock region, with particular focus on our national park areas.”  

The enforcement operation is a collaborative approach by Cessnock City Council Rangers, the RID Squad and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to combat the incidents of illegal dumping and to raise community awareness and heighten the seriousness of illegal dumping.  

The RID Squad efforts are considered to be a success in the Hunter Central Coast region, however incidents of illegal dumping are still being reported.  

In the nine months since July 2015, the RID Squad has issued 128 penalty infringement notices with a value of over $161,000 in fines.  

The RID Squad is seeking community support and strongly encourages anyone to come forward and report information to the Environment Hotline by contacting 131 555. All matters are treated in the strictest of confidence.

The Hunter Central Coast RID Squad is a partnership between the NSW EPA and 10 local councils: Cessnock, Gosford, Wyong, Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook, Singleton, Maitland, Dungog, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. It is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded by the Waste Levy.

13 May 2016