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Hello and thank you for your question.
Have you any thoughts on how your receipts may have gotten into this dumped rubbish?Do you know how when and where you disposed of these receipts?
What was the nature of the waste?
Very different penalties apply if the offence relates to material that could harm the environment, as opposed to littering. So if it was just paper and other biodegradable material the offence is relatively minor, however, if there toxic substances included in the waste it may involve a much more serious charge.
Also, do you know your parents disposed of eight bags, or is it possible the fact that eight bags were involved indicates your parents rubbish was dumped along with other peoples?
You are charged for each question, and if you want me to call you there is an extra charge, but I'm not sure that is necessary.I cannot advise you to lie, but if you are not sure how your rubbish got there then that's what you should tell them.Generally to charge someone with an offence they will have to demonstrate who exactly dumped the rubbish. The mere fact they may suspect someone from your or your parents house is not sufficient to allow them to prosecute anyone, assuming the council is contemplating a littering charge:
http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/poteoa1997455/s145.htmlMore serious offences may allow them to charge the owner of waste even if they cannot prove the owner themselves dropped off the waste, but that would be unlikely to apply to ordinary domestic rubbish of the type you describe.
I trust the above assists.
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