Illegal dumpers not so smart, leave behind name and address

VITAL CLUES: The rubbish dumped at Kawana Island.
VITAL CLUES: The rubbish dumped at Kawana Island. Contributed

IF YOU'RE going to do something illegal, don't leave your home address at the scene of the crime.

The culprit behind a pile of rubbish illegally dumped in the middle of vacant land at the northern end of Grand Pde on Kawana Island may not be too hard to find, thanks to some vital clues among the trash.

Found in the rubbish, which included an old freezer, was an unopened magazine bearing a name and a Warana address.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman said many illegal dumpers could be identified through items such as washing machines with barcodes that can be traced back to the purchaser, and even junk mail with address details.

"If council can identify the offender from the material dumped, we can then proceed with issuing an infringement and-or prosecution under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011," the spokesman said.

Kawana Island Residents' Association president John Holmes reported the matter to both the council and police.

Mr Holmes said the council had directed him to call the police, and vice versa.

"Council is in the process of checking whether a call to council has been logged," the council spokesman said.

"If not, council will raise one and investigate the matter. Council will also investigate why the complainants were advised that this was not a council matter."

The spokesman said all of the items in this instance could have been disposed of for free at any of the eight Resource Recovery Centres.

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