Thursday, 05 December 2013 22:08

WSROC welcomes abolition of asbestos waste levy

Media Release November 7, 2013

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has welcomed the State Government’s announcement to abolish the waste levy imposed on asbestos as a key step in the fight against illegal dumping.

WSROC President, Clr Tony Hadchiti said the waste levy meant that many homeowners, small businesses and unscrupulous tradespeople were deterred from disposing of asbestos through safe and proper channels because of the additional cost.

“While the idea of a levy is not bad, in practice it has seen a large increase in the amount of illegal dumping we see in our bushland and even on our suburban and city streets,” Clr Hadchiti said.

“This is particularly serious problem in Western Sydney where some of our post-war suburbs are built almost entirely of fibro.

“Home renovators and small builders, many of whom are relatively new to Australia are unaware of the serious health impacts associated with asbestos and see the waste levy as an unnecessary financial burden.

“And the fact is it is very hard to trace dumpers, many of whom use our parks and bushland as their disposal sites.”

“WSROC has long campaigned for a review of the way asbestos is identified and disposed of and several of our councils, such as Holroyd have been leading the way in tackling the problems within their community through education campaigns and asbestos removal kits.”

We welcome the EPAs decision and look forward to working closely with the Government to trial this new system,” Clr Hadchiti said.
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