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Environment Protection Authority

EPA fines W2R PTY LTD $15,000 for garden waste stockpiles

Media release: 30 May 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined W2R Pty Ltd (W2R) $15,000 for failing to comply with garden waste limits at its Bringelly composting facility.

On 1 February 2016, the EPA inspected the Bringelly facility and observed large stockpiles of garden waste, including branches, tree trunks and vegetation. Later that month the EPA engaged an independent surveyor to verify the quantity of waste and this confirmed that W2R, the Environment Protection Licence holder at the time, was seven times over its volume limits.

NSW EPA Senior Manager Waste Compliance, Chris McElwain, said that storing and processing garden waste in large volumes can generate odour which may impact the local community.

“Environment protection licences have conditions designed to prevent any impacts from pollution” Mr McElwain said.

“In particular, licenced premises must comply with their licence conditions to protect local amenity and prevent the degradation of the environment.

“In response to the inspection, W2R has reduced garden waste stockpiles and improved processing equipment and procedures at the facility and the EPA has taken this into account in issuing the fine.

“The EPA will continue to conduct regular inspections with a focus on the volume of waste permitted at facilities.”

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.

The EPA must also take a range of factors into account before delivering a proportionate regulatory response, including the degree of environmental harm, whether or not there are any real or potential health impacts, if the action of the offender was deliberate, compliance history, public interest and best environmental outcomes.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 30 May 2016