NSW to trial GPS to prevent illegal dumping

A 12-month GPS trial to track the movement of vehicles suspected of illegal dumping has been launched by the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

The NSW Government said the EPA can track the vehicles’ movements and make them aware if the vehicles travel near known illegal dumping hotspots. The GPS trackers were recently fitted to the vehicles with the owners’ knowledge.

“The trial results show the trackers fitted to vehicles has deterred illegal activity,” said NSW Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton. “It won’t just deter those being watched but others who think they can get away with dumping on our communities and environment.”

The NSW Government said the trial will assist one of the premier’s priorities to reduce the volume of litter in the state by 40 per cent by 2020.

On completion of the trial, the EPA will consider using tracking devices to monitor other vehicles accused of transporting or dumping waste unlawfully.

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