THE Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is urging Echuca-Moama to pick a reputable company when hiring a skip bin.
With plenty of renovation getting underway, Chris Webb of the EPA’s Illegal Waste Disposal strike force said anyone hiring a skip bin should be careful.
“There are fly-by-night skip bin operators who will give you a very cheap price, then abandon your renovation waste in the bush, on private land or in a rented warehouse,” he said.
“The landholder, your local council, or even you, might be the one left with the clean-up cost, and unlike the skip bin, it won’t be cheap.”
Anyone hiring a skip bin should ask questions. If the price seems suspiciously cheap in comparison to other quotes, it may mean the real cost is being dumped on the community and attracting possible prosecution.
EPA also encourages the community to watch out for and report suspicious activity - such as unusual truck movements at night, commercial properties or warehouses collecting piles of waste, or very cheap offers of waste removal.
Anyone with information about illegal dumping is encouraged to report it to EPA by calling 1300 372 842 or visiting www.epa.vic.gov.au