DES investigating alleged illegal waste storage

Issued: 3 June

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Environmental Officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) are continuing to conduct field based compliance activities to ensure Queensland’s environment is protected.

DES compliance officers along with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) recently inspected a site allegedly operating unlawful waste activities in Willawong.

It is estimated there are between 20,000-30,000 used tyres on the premises, which is also being used for a number of other alleged unlawful activities, including storage of automotive and other types of waste.

Tyre stockpiles are a serious fire hazard - unlawful used tyre stockpiles and unlawful storage of waste concern the community, and concern DES.

Unlawful waste activities can contaminate land and nearby waterways and damage Queensland’s beautiful environment.

Even in times of COVID-19, DES officers continue to respond to matters like this across Queensland to ensure waste management activities meets community expectations.

As the environmental regulator, DES takes its compliance responsibilities seriously. Where compliance issues are identified, DES will take strong enforcement action.

To report pollution incidents to the Queensland Government, phone the 24/7 Pollution Hotline - 1300 130 372 (option 2). Pollution incidents can be reported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.