Help stop illegal local dumping and littering of parks using your mobile phone Myall Coast News Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest by News Of The Area - Modern Media - April 15, 2020 Tea Gardens Lions Club Park, a gateway lookout to the beautiful Myall Lakes, has been subject to daily dumping of household waste attracting vermin. SADLY local dumping in community parks and in bushland has been increasing, even without the usual number of tourists and campers visiting the seaside region. Advertise with News of The Area today. It’s worth it for your business. Message us. Phone us – (02) 4981 8882. Email us – firstname.lastname@example.org Illegal dumping of rubbish and waste has been reported occurring in the Tea Gardens Lions Park Lookout and the Skate Park, as well as in nature reserves and seaside areas throughout the Myall Coast. In some locations, dumping is happening daily. Dumping degrades environmental beauty, creates health and safety hazards, and attracts vermin and weeds. Local police have been alerted and advise anyone who sees dumping to photograph and report it to the NSW Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and to the Midcoast Council. Locals can use their mobile phones to Report Illegal Dumping (RID). The RIDonline website supports people to report dumping, including uploading photos and location information. The EPA, Midcoast Council and Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) squads use this information to investigate and, if appropriate, issue a fine or clean-up notice. The penalties for illegal dumping can be up to $15,000 and potential jail time for anybody caught illegally dumping within five years of a prior illegal dumping conviction. Tea Gardens also has a waste transfer station or Landfill & Recycling Centre which is open all days except Saturdays, including during the COVID-19 restrictions. Of note, excess household recyclables are free to dump. Midcoast Council kerbside bin collection services are also operating normally. By Sandra MURRAY Park bins overflowing with household waste and dumped goods polluting local parks.