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Land tenant and two dump truck drivers convicted and fined for illegal disposal of construction waste
     A private land tenant and two dump truck drivers who illegally disposed of construction waste were fined a total of $20,000 by Fanling Magistrates' Courts today (August 1) for contravening the Waste Disposal Ordinance (WDO).

     An Environmental Protection Department (EPD) spokesman said that the department received a report from a member of the public that construction waste had been deposited on private land at Sha Kong Wai in Yuen Long. Upon investigation, EPD staff found that someone had illegally deposited construction waste including concrete, bricks and asphalt there without valid permission. The EPD subsequently initiated prosecution against the land tenant and dump truck drivers involved in accordance with Section 16B(3) of the WDO.

     According to the WDO, anyone who deposits or causes to be deposited construction waste on private land without valid permission commits an offence. First-time offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $200,000 and six months' imprisonment. A maximum fine of $500,000 and six months' imprisonment may be imposed on second or subsequent convictions.

     The spokesman reminded land occupants and members of the transportation sector that they can only deposit construction waste on private land after seeking written permission from all owners of the land lot and having obtained the EPD's acknowledgement. They should also dispose of construction waste properly in accordance with the legal requirements. Otherwise, they may be prosecuted.
Ends/Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Issued at HKT 19:05
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