Forestry Corporation is aware that rubbish has been dumped in Scotchmans State Forest and will arrange to have an appropriate contractor remove it as soon as possible.
The update comes after local Sharon Foster posted images of the rubbish dumped on Facebook this morning with the message: “Who's the grub who dumped their rubbish up on the Scotchman trail? Lots of plumbing products, off cuts and the like … ask around people and name and shame ... this is an appalling act”.
People dumping building materials, appliances or household waste in local State forests is an ongoing problem, and though there are hefty fines for illegal dumping, by the very nature of the offence, people who dump rubbish tend to do it covertly so it’s difficult to catch culprits in the act.
A spokesperson for NSW Forestry Corporation said: “Our State forests are fantastic assets for the region and should be places the whole community is able to take pride in and enjoy, so it is really disappointing to have to continually remove dumped rubbish.
“The community can assist by reporting anything suspicious they notice while exploring the forest. Illegally dumped materials can be reported to the Environment Line on 131 555 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”