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Bulk waste trucks to be targeted at Qld border

TRASHY: Four Corners followed the interstate waste trade from NSW to old mine sites in Queensland (Four Corners)
TRASHY: Four Corners followed the interstate waste trade from NSW to old mine sites in Queensland (Four Corners) Four Corners, ABC

FROM tomorrow trucks carrying bulk waste products over the Queensland border will be targeted. 

The measures announced by the State Government are set to include further border inspections by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and regular compliance checks by the department of Environment and Heritage protection. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today introduced the move in response to revelations that interstate businesses had been dumping rubbish in Queensland to avoid recycling levies. 

An issue that had been uncovered last year but has only again gained notoriety following the 4 Corners report Trashed

"I can confirm there will be crack down on bulk waste transport activities - from as early as tomorrow - to ensure that operators are strictly complying with all necessary regulatory requirements," Ms Palaszczuk said.   

"These border inspections by the Department of Transport and Main Roads will focus on the movement of hazardous wastes such as asbestos to ensure that Queenslanders are kept safe.   

"The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection will also step up regular compliance checks at key waste landfill sites to ensure that they are operating within their environmental authority conditions," she said.   

The Premier is also calling on the NSW Government to take responsibility for its own waste management.   

"We have led operations, including heavy vehicle searches and a special pollution hotline to allow the public to report illegal dumping to the Department," the Premier said.   

"As I have said the revelation this week that the NSW Government is not enforcing its own laws is alarming.   

"I repeat the NSW Government needs to enforce its laws.  

The Premier said she is looking for cooperation to continue with the current Premier of New South Wales.

Topics:  waste; truck; transport; recycling; 4 corners

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