Man who had 80 truckloads of TOXIC waste dumped in his garden demands answers on who will clean up the mess preventing him from selling his house
- Truckloads of toxic waste were illegally dumped on property in western Sydney
- The rubbish was dumped on an area of Leppington three and a half years ago
- Up to 1200 tons of bricks, concrete, metal, plastic and fiber were unloaded
- The owners now want to sell but are told no one will buy it because of the waste
A semi-rural property turned into a toxic waste dump left the owner furious and unable to sell the property.
Three and a half years ago, owner Jeff Demanuele saw 80 trucks arrive and dump 1,200 tonnes of bricks, concrete, metal, plastic and fibro into a pile on his property in Leppington, west of Sidney.
Mr Demanuele and his wife Rose, who captured the spill on CCTV, said the illegal dumping was so brazen in nature that a crossing council ranger stopped and spoke to the drivers and wrote down the numbers of rego.
However, three years later no one has been charged and now the couple want to sell the property but have been told no one will buy it because of the toxic waste.
Three and a half years ago 80 lorries arrived and unloaded 1200 tonnes of bricks, concrete, metal, plastic and fibro into a pile on the property in western Sydney (left) and now the owner Jeff Demanuele (right) is unable to sell the Leppington acreage
“I am shocked and outraged that this has happened and my local council and the Environmental Protection Agency are not doing anything about it,” Mr Demanuele told A Current Affair.
“They opened the side door and told the tenants that everything had been approved by me.
“I didn’t know and I would never have allowed this.”
By the time Jeff arrived at his property, the trucks were finished and his yard was devastated with trash that Jeff said saved the dumpers millions of dollars in dumping fees.
He contacted the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) who came to investigate and in three and a half years no progress had been made.
The NSW EPA website states that they “enforce strict illegal dumping laws to ensure wrongdoers pay hefty fines for potentially harming human health and the environment, and deter dumpers. to repeat the offence”.
People found dumping litter can be fined up to $250,000.
If a business is found to be littering, it can be fined up to $1 million.
NSW EPA told A Current Affair there was not enough evidence to prosecute anyone for the illegal dumping of the waste.
Daily Mail Australia has approached the NSW EPA for comment.