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Environment Protection Authority

EPA orders nine western Sydney waste operators to clean up their act

Media release: 1 November 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined nine waste operators a total $113,500 for offences in western Sydney.

EPA Executive Director Waste and Resource Recovery Steve Beaman said the waste facilities had put the environment and human health at risk. 

"If waste is not managed properly there can be off-site impacts to the community. These fines are a reminder to all waste facilities to be good neighbours and take proactive steps to minimise dust, odours, polluted run-off and litter."

"If companies don’t have appropriate environmental controls in place or are operating illegally, the EPA will take action," Mr Beaman said.

Three companies were fined $15,000 each for contravening conditions of their environment protection licence. 

1. Veolia failed to store and transfer general household waste in a competent manner at its Clyde Transfer Terminal in Auburn
2. Proactive Management Systems failed to reduce the height of a ten meter waste stockpile at its Chester Hill premises to the licensed limit of three meters
3. Enviro Recycling tracked sediment from their Revesby construction and demolition recycling centre onto the adjoining public road, Violet Street, for approximately 400 metres and failed to control dust

Two companies were fined $15,000 each for failing to comply with Clean-up Notices issued by the EPA.

4. Olathree failed to remove glass stockpiles from its Kemps Creek property by 2 October 2015 after it was found to be unlawfully receiving the material
5. SBP Waste Management failed to remove more than 200 tonnes of waste including pieces of metal, broken concrete, tiles, bricks, plastic and other wastes illegally stored at a Badgerys Creek property

Two companies were fined $15,000 each for operating a waste facility without an Environment Protection Licence.

6. H. Hassarati & Co failed to reduce the amount of general waste processed and stored at its Greenacre waste facility to below the limit allowed without a licence. Unlicensed facilities cannot process more than 6000 tonnes of waste per year or store more than 1000 tonnes of waste at any one time
7. Aussie Skips failed to reduce the amount of general waste processed at its Strathfield site to below the 6000 tonnes per year limit allowed without a licence

Further, Perfect Demo were fined $8,000 for unlawfully transporting and depositing waste from a residential demolition at Beverly Hills.

Visy Recycling received a $500 on-the-spot litter fine on 15 September 2016 after EPA officers observed plastic bags and pieces of cardboard being blown over the boundary fence of its Smithfield premises.

"The EPA carries out regular inspections to enforce licence conditions and regulations. Anyone with information about poor practices in the waste industry or environmental impacts from operations in their area should call the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555 and we will investigate."

The EPA applies tough penalties to achieve environmental compliance. The maximum fine that can be issued for waste offences is $1million for an individual or $5 million for a corporation. Jail time is possible for serious offences.

Other compliance tools include formal warnings, official cautions, licence conditions, notices and directions. For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm.

 

 

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 01 November 2016