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Environment Protection Authority

North Wyong’s Rubbish King Pty Ltd fined $15,000

Media release: 9 November 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Rubbish King Pty Ltd $15,000 for receiving waste, including construction and demolition waste, despite being ordered to cease operations on 30 September.

The fine follows an EPA and Roads and Maritime Services operation that targeted commercial vehicles exiting the Lucca Road site in North Wyong. Fines between $7,500 and $15,000 will be issued to operators who illegally transported their waste to the unlicensed facility.

EPA Waste Compliance Manager Cate Woods said the facility and operator were not only breaking the rules, they were putting the environment and community at risk.

“When we visited the site in September and ordered them to cease operations, we saw a stormwater pit full of waste and stockpiles of building and household waste,” Ms Woods said.

“This facility did not have all of the right operating standards in place. Risks such to the community, the environment and even to other legitimate operators in the waste industry arise when facilities cut corners and try to work under the radar of regulation.”

The EPA will continue to investigate, issue fines and pursue legal action if the operator continues to receive waste without first obtaining an environmental licence.

Ms Woods said while investigations and further actions against the unlicensed operator would continue, the roadside inspections were designed to stop commercial operators using this processing facility in future.

“Anyone who continues to use the services of Rubbish King North Wyong, while the prevention notice is in place, can be fined by the EPA,” Ms Woods said.

“In all industries, you need to know the laws and regulations of the space you are working in, and waste is no different.”

Businesses looking to dispose of their waste or use recycling and reprocessing sites can check the licences and lawfulness of waste facilities by searching for them on the public register on the EPA website 

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 09 November 2016