Scammers dump old tyres at Perth properties, leaving one owner with $100,000 clean-up bill

Authorities have warned land and property owners about a scam in which thousands of old tyres were illegally dumped at leased properties, leaving one victim with a huge clean-up bill.

The scam involves offenders approaching businesses which have stockpiles of used tyres and offering to dispose of them at far cheaper rates than legitimate tyre recyclers.

They then dump the scrap tyres at properties they have leased, such as storage lockers, vacant land lots and backyards of rented homes.

In one instance, piles of tyres were left at a property in Wungong, in Perth’s south-east, leaving the owner with a $100,000 clean-up bill.

Matt Warnock, senior manager of water operations at the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, said landlords and property owners were at major risk of being left having to foot the clean-up costs.

The scammers collect money for removing used tyres, but then dump them at various locations.(Supplied: Department of Water and Environmental Regulation)

“If a property is abandoned with waste [left behind] as in this case, used tyres, then it’s a problem of removing and legally disposing that waste rests with that property owner,” he said.

“Up until recent times, this was quite an unusual event. However, in the course of this investigation, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has identified at least 10 places across Perth that have been used in this way.

“In terms of scale, I believe we’re talking in the order of hundreds of thousands of tyres … certainly in Western Australia, this is the largest operation of this type that my investigators have come across … so far this is the most bold operation I’ve seen in this state.”

Businesses urged to scrutinise contractors

Mr Warnock said businesses also needed to ensure they were doing their due diligence.

“Businesses disposing of used tyres have a legal responsibility to ensure that any contractor who transports their used tyres is licensed to do so,” he said.

The department also warned of serious environmental risks if the tyres caught fire or were deliberately lit.

“Extinguishing tyre fire is dangerous and very problematic, it’s a high-risk event for any firefighter and very difficult to contain,” Mr Warnock said.

A close-up shot of an old tyre with water pooled inside.
The dumped tyres present a fire hazard and a health hazard.(Supplied: Department of Water and Environmental Regulation)

He said tyres could also collect rainwater, creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

The unauthorised transport of a controlled waste and abandonment of waste are offences which carry a maximum penalty of $62,500 for an individual and $125,000 for corporations.

Illegal dumping can be reported to the Department’s Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or online.

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Darlington upgrade debris damaging tyres with screws and steel rods

Flat tyres caused by debris left on the road during the Darlington Upgrade Project is costing motorists thousands of dollars, a local MP has said, despite a streetsweeper cleaning the site daily.

Nat Cook, the Member for Hurtle Vale, said she had been told of “dozens and dozens” of incidents by people regularly driving the stretch of road in Adelaide’s south over the past year.

“It really is costing motorists thousands of dollars,” she said.

Kate, a Flinders Medical Centre nurse, told ABC Radio Adelaide that an industrial screw was removed from her tyre after she took it in for repairs to a slow leak.

“They thought it had to have been picked up from an industrial area due to the size of the screw,” she said.

Kate says the screw in her new tyre left her out of pocket by $280.(Supplied)

Kate said she travelled through the Darlington interchange “at least 20 times a day” and her colleagues had reported similar incidents.

This included a friend who had a large rod removed from the tyre of her car.

Project setbacks

The $620 million Darlington Upgrade Project has been underway since 2016 and includes major works to create a non-stop 3.3-kilometre motorway between Tonsley Boulevard and the Southern Expressway, where a free-flowing interchange has also been built.

Despite significant setbacks, including the collapse of two sections of spray-on concrete, the project is nearly complete and the roads opened.

Works continue on an elevated 650-metre railway extension of the Tonsley line to Flinders University over Main South Road.

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Two sections of the new Darlington upgrade crumbled in 2019.(ABC: Rhett Burnie)

Ms Cook said the frequency of incidents seemed to have increased since works began on the railway extension in mid-2019.

She said the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) had responded to her inquiries by saying the tyres could have picked up debris “anywhere”.

“Yeah, it can, and it always does,” Ms Cook said.

DIT Minister Corey Wingard wrote back to Ms Cook in a letter she posted publicly that said a street sweeper cleaned “the project site roadway of any construction debris daily”.

He said the site had become fully operational to motorists from August 1 and lanes on the lowered motorway were allowing vehicles to travel 80 kilometres per hour.

Mr Wingard said it would be partially closed in late 2020 for “the final asphalt wearing course”, with some other minor finishing works to include landscaping, wayfinding, public art and remediation.

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Lewis Hamilton’s British Formula One grand Prix final lap at Silverstone saw him reach 230kph on the straight on three working tyres

Previous Mercedes workforce boss Ross Brawn has hailed Lewis Hamilton’s British grand prix gain, on three wheels and a flat tyre, as “totally mind-blowing”.

Hamilton’s front remaining tyre deflated on the final lap whilst main Sunday’s race, leaving the 6-instances Method Just one winner 3.8km from the finish with Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen chasing tough following pitting for clean gentle tyres.

Info provided by Mercedes confirmed Hamilton accomplished the last lap only 22 seconds slower than he had raced the previous one.

It was more than enough to dangle on for his seventh grand prix acquire at Silverstone, keeping off Verstappen by just 5.856 seconds.

He went by means of the substantial-pace Copse and Stowe corners with the puncture at 141kph and 133kph respectively and attained 230kph on the Hangar Straight with the entrance tyre currently ruined.


“Lewis’s race seemed a cakewalk until eventually the final lap of the race. It was not of program, due to the fact he was driving superbly for the full of the race,” stated Brawn, Formulation One’s running director for motorsport.

“He reached 230kph on the straight with only 3 wheels, and a entrance left tyre flailing all over. Unquestionably mind blowing.

“He judged it to perfection to earn the race by a several seconds and a fantastic illustration of the wonderful talents and bravery of Lewis.”


Tyre companies Pirelli are conducting an investigation into what transpired, and whether sharp debris or don was to blame, with Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz also suffering late failures.

Hamilton now leads the championship by 30 details from Bottas, with a few wins from the 4 races held so much in 2020.

Verstappen lies third on 52 factors — but he could have been 14 factors much better off if he experienced not pitted, as he would very likely have handed Hamilton for the direct and the taken 25 details for victory, in its place of the 18 for next put.



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Method 1: The last laps of Silverstone quickly spun out of handle, with 2nd positioned Valtteri Bottas blowing his Mercedes tyre 2 laps away from the chequered flag. It rapidly adjusted the race and set teammate Lewis Hamilton in substantial alert.

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Hamilton wins after tyres explode in crazy F1 insanity

The British Grand Prix has ended in incredible drama as the last lap went down to the wire with Lewis Hamilton winning after his tyre blew on the last lap, to take out his record extending seventh home race win.

The World Champion knew that he only just held on saying on team radio “f*** that was close” as Max Verstappen raced hard at Hamilton over the final lap.

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On the 50th lap, Valtteri Bottas, who was second all day, suffered a delamination puncture early in a lap, handing Verstappen second.

The same issue happened to Hamilton on the final lap, who led Verstappen by 15 seconds before the Red Bull pitted.

Coming out 35 seconds behind Hamilton, Verstappen got as close as turning the final corner as Hamilton limped over the line, crossing the line 5.8 seconds behind the Brit.

It wasn’t the only issue with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz’s tyre exploding in a shower of sparks on the penultimate lap, allowing Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo into fourth.

Bottas ended up finishing in 11th and Sainz in 13th.

The questions were then asked about Verstappen’s tyres and whether switching to new tyres cost him a win at Silverstone.

“Going for that fastest lap has cost Red Bull the victory,” Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle said.

David Croft asked: “What were the state of Max Verstappen’s tyres? Did he need to come in? If he had to come in, you saw what happened to Hamilton, to Bottas, to Sainz as well, that they had to make that call.”

The commentators said that Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko then appeared to go and ask questions, as did the fans. 

Verstappen was happy with second but also ruing his missed opportunity to go to the top of the podium.

“It’s lucky and unlucky,” he said post-race. “The tyres didn’t look great with 10 laps to go and I was already on the radio. Then Valtteri got a puncture so I came on the radio and said I’m going to back it out. Then of course they boxed me to go for the fastest lap.

“Then unfortunately Lewis got a puncture himself. But I’m very happy with second, it’s a very good result for us.”

Hamilton opened up on the chaos of the final lap.

“Up until that last lap everything was relatively smooth sailing,” he said. “The tyres looked great. Valtteri was really pushing incredibly hard. I was doing some management of tyre, he looked like he wasn’t doing any, so when I heard that his tyre went I was just looking at mine and everything seemed fine.

“The car was was still turning no problem and I was thinking maybe it was OK. So the last few laps I started to back off but then down the straight it just deflated.

“Just driving to keep the speed off, oh my god, I was just praying to get around and not be too slow. I nearly didn’t get around the last few corners. Maybe we should have stopped.”

Hamilton added: “I’ve never experienced anything like that on the last lap, my heart definitely almost stopped.”

It was an eventful race across the board with Racing Point substitute Nico Hulkenberg not even able to start the race after power unit issues.

But he was quickly joined in the garage by Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, who had a collision with Alexander Albon, with the Red Bull driver copping a five second penalty. 

In a good drive, he went from the back of the grid up to eighth by the end the race.

But there was a second crash as AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat had a suspected rear tyre puncture and crashed heavily into the barriers.

As he crashed, he said “Oh guys, I’m so f***ing sorry” to his team over team radio.

There was immediate worry after the crash which saw flying off the car but Kvyat got out of the car quickly.

A shattered looking Kvyat took a second to compose himself after the incident but he was far from happy that he had a TV camera shoved in his face, pushing the cameraman out of the way.

There was also plenty for the stewards to look at with Haas’ Romain Grosjean getting a black and white flag for a move under breaking as Sainz overtook, while he did a similar move when Ricciardo went past.

Lance Stroll also got the warning late in the race as Esteban Ocon won the battle between the pair.


1st: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2nd: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

3rd: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

4th: Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)

5th: Lando Norris (McLaren)

6th: Esteban Ocon (Renault)

7th: Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)

8th: Alexander Albon (Red Bull)

9th: Lance Stroll (Racing Point)

10th: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)


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Romain Grosjean has pulled his Sainz move again, this time on Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

As the Aussie went to overtake, Grosjean swerved at Ricciardo.

“He’s moved at least a cars length across the track,” Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle said.

“Yeah, that was sketchy,” Ricciardo said on team radio.

The stewards have noted it but Grosjean already has a black and white flag.

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Earlier in the race, Romain Grosjean appeared to move under braking as McLaren’s Carlos Sainz tried to overtake.

The steward noted the move and decided on a black and white flag – essentially a warning.

But when Haas let their driver know, he wasn’t happy.

“Are you kidding me? I left half the track,” he said.

Similarly though, Sainz wasn’t happy earlier, calling it “dangerous driving” with his team taking note.

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After the halfway mark of the race, it looks almost certain to be a Mercedes 1-2 with Verstappen in three.

But it’s a battle between fifth to 10th with not much time between the drivers.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo is in eighth, stuck behind Haas’ Romain Grosjean, with Racing Point’s Lance Stroll continuing to put the pressure on in ninth.

But with three retirements already, it’s set up for a relatively exciting race.

One who didn’t even get to start however was Nico Hulkenberg, who spoke with Sky Sports after a power unit issue kept him out of the race.

“It’s a bit crazy isn’t it,” Hulkenberg said. “Somehow it fits into all these crazy days I’ve experienced. But obviously disappointing for me and the team but some sort of power unit issue we didn’t manage to start the car and get out there.”

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A third driver is out of the British Grand Prix with AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat crashing hard into the barriers after an apparent rear tyre puncture.

As he crashed, he said “Oh guys, I’m so f***ing sorry” to his team over team radio.

There was immediate worry after the crash which saw flying off the car but Kvyat got out of the car quickly.

Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle said “I don’t think that’s his fault”.

It led to the second safety car of the day.

A shattered looking Kvyat took a second to compose himself after the incident but he was far from happy that he had a TV camera shoved in his face, pushing the cameraman out of the way.

Teammate Pierre Gasly asked what went wrong, in case it was something that may effect both cars before seeing if Kvyat was alright. “He’s ok” came the response.

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After Hulkenberg didn’t even get to start with some wondering if he was “cursed” as he didn’t even get to start the British Grand Prix, the second retirement was quick to follow.

Coming into the final corner of the first lap, Alexander Albon looked to sneak through a gap on the inside of Haas’ Kevin Magnussen.

But as Magnussen turned in, he hit the Red Bull’s front tyre and crashing into the gravel, with his front left tyre coming off in the incident.

It saw a safety car for the next four laps.

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Nico Hulkenberg was the odd one out at Renault last season and was left without a drive.

But he was lucky to get a call up for Racing Point when Sergio Perez was ruled out of the race with a positive COVID-19 test.

Just as quickly as it’s come together, it’s all fallen apart with Hulkenberg ruled out before the race began with an issue firing up his car seeing him miss out on getting to the grid.

It was hoped he may be able to start from the pit lane but the floor was removed and the team just couldn’t get the car ready.

It was announced just before the start of the race that Hulkenberg was out before the race even began.

Although he will have another chance next week, the message was clear.

Hulkenberg stormed off to the drivers room and before the race, he was already in jeans and t-shirt.

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With Sebastian Vettel on the outer from Ferrari, even rival teams are wondering if the four-time champion may not have got the best from his team ahead of the British Grand Prix.

Vettel qualified in 10th with his final lap in Q3 wiped off after exceeding track limits with his best lap a full second down on his teammate Charles Leclerc.

Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko even questioned his pace with Leclerc just 0.012 short of Max Verstappen’s Q3 time with the young pair lining up next to each other on the second row of the grid.

“It is a mystery to us where Leclerc got the speed from,” Marko said via Auto Bild.

“He was faster on the straights than us. However, it seems to have been only with him, not with Vettel.”

But when the question was put to Vettel, he dismissed the questions and said he didn’t “want to accuse anyone of bad intentions”.

“I am relatively confident that the race will be better,” he said to Channel 4.

“How much I don’t know. I can’t promise anything, but it can’t get much worse. I think it’s probably more me just making sure everything comes together.

“So not a good session, but let’s see what we can do.”

It’s a question that will continue to plague Vettel throughout the rest of the season if he has performances that aren’t up to teammate Charles Leclerc, especially after it was revealed that Ferrari didn’t even offer him a contract.

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