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A man labelled a “serial waste criminal” has been fined nearly half a million dollars for failing to clean up tonnes of asbestos waste.

Christopher Binos was ordered to pay just over $450,000 for dumping a total of around 3400 tonnes of asbestos-filled material on two properties in Sydney and the Illawarra in 2019, and then failing to clean it up despite receiving notices requiring him to do so by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

In a statement, the EPA said Binos dumped the material after the owners of the two properties responded to online ads offering to deliver free fill.

“The court found that Mr Binos acted deliberately – he knew the fill contained asbestos,” the EPA’s executive director of regulatory operations, Stephen Beaman, said.

Beaman said it was a “timely reminder” to be cautious of deals that seem too good to be true.

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