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No Fuss Waste Solutions Pty Ltd fined $15,000 for carrying out unlicensed waste activities at Emu Plains

Media release: 5 May 2016

NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued a $15,000 fine to No Fuss Waste Solutions Pty Ltd at Emu Plains for carrying out scheduled waste activities without an Environment Protection Licence.

On 2 February 2016 EPA officers inspected a facility at Emu Plains and observed a volume of liquid waste onsite that would require a licence to operate from the EPA.  The site is operated by No Fuss Waste Solutions Pty Ltd, who do not hold a licence to store liquid waste as required by law. The company receives unsaleable and unusable food and beverages from offsite for processing.

Chris McElwain, EPA Senior Waste Compliance Manager said “On 15 February 2016 we issued a clean-up notice to reduce the amount of waste stored at the premises. This involved removing approximately 18 tonnes of packaged and palletized liquid waste and at around 20,000 litres of liquid waste contained in two tanks.”

An Official Caution was later issued to No Fuss Waste Solutions Pty Ltd for not complying with the clean-up notice.

“The EPA inspected the facility on 1 March and 30 March 2016 and again observed a volume of liquid waste onsite that would require EPA licensing on both occasions.

“Under law, the storage of more than 5 tonnes of liquid waste is a schedule waste activity and requires a licence from the EPA.”

"It’s important for liquid waste to be stored and processed appropriately.  Liquid food waste can be potentially very odorous, and if released or spilt into waters, can be harmful to aquatic life. The appropriate management of liquid wastes in fit-for-purpose tanks and processing plant, operated under a licence, ensures the environment is protected. 

“Licences are important for this reason. We need companies to act responsibly and comply with licence conditions to reduce environmental risks.

“Businesses that generate liquid food waste must make sure they send their food waste to facilities that can lawfully receive that waste.” 

Penalty notices are just one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance, including formal warnings, licence conditions, notices and directions, mandatory audits, enforceable undertakings, legally binding pollution reduction programs and prosecutions.

For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy at: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm

Contact: EPA Media Release

Page last updated: 05 May 2016