Tougher penalties for NSW asbestos dumpers

People that illegally transport or dump asbestos in NSW will face fines of up to $15,000.
People that illegally transport or dump asbestos in NSW will face fines of up to $15,000.

People and businesses that illegally transport or dump asbestos in NSW will face on-the-spot fines of up to $15,000 under tough new penalties.

The state government on Wednesday said fines will increase tenfold for individuals and corporations as part of a crackdown on rogue operators.

From May, construction and demolition waste facilities will also be subject to tighter inspection controls, more stringent waste storage rules and constant video monitoring.

They'll also have to provide proof their staff are properly trained.

"It is a top priority that stronger penalties act as a deterrent and that waste facility operators improve the way they manage construction and demolition waste," Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said in a statement.

The government will also offer a 75 per cent levy discount for some types of waste that meet specific requirements

Australian Associated Press