Electronic waste dumped

Some of the electronic waste dumped in the Bongil Bongil National Park.
Some of the electronic waste dumped in the Bongil Bongil National Park.

AUTHORITIES are appalled at the disregard shown by someone after a large volume of electronic waste was found dumped in Bongil Bongil National Park last weekend.

National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) ranger Martin Smith said the service is seeking the public’s assistance to identify whoever may be responsible for dumping electronic waste, including television sets, audio equipment, computer monitors, keyboards and electric fans, just off Old Coast Road north of Repton.

“This type of electronic waste is particularly noxious and contains some nasty types of heavy metal waste that takes a long, long time to break down and may be harmful to both people and the environment,” Mr Smith said.

“What has made the matter worse was that the screens of a number of the televisions have been smashed, scattering glass over a wide area.

“This type of dumping is at the more serious end of the spectrum in terms of illegality and environmental damage.

“NPWS staff are very keen to protect the public’s special places. Any information provided will be treated in confidence.

“People should consider recyc- ling electronic waste and if this is not possible it should be disposed of appropriately.”

Anyone with information on this matter is asked to contact the NPWS Coffs Coast Area on 6652 0900.

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