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EPA fines Minto Recycling Pty Ltd for stockpiling waste

Media release: 2 February 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Minto Recycling Pty Ltd $15,000 for stockpiling waste in an open area of their waste facility on Pembury Road, Minto.

In November 2016, the EPA received complaints from nearby business owners who were being affected by dust being emitted from the Minto Recycling site.  

In response to these community concerns, EPA officers inspected the facility on 22 November 2016 and found that Minto Recycling had stockpiled waste in an open yard area and determined this to be the cause of the dust.  Staff removed this stockpiled waste but, on a return inspection by EPA officers on December 14, another pile of stockpiled waste was observed in the open yard area.

It is an explicit condition of Minto Recycling’s environmental licence that there are no waste stockpiles.

EPA Manager Regional Waste Compliance Cate Woods said Minto Recycling employees had been reminded of these conditions during the EPA officers’ first site visit in November.

“The EPA places conditions upon environmental licences to limit offsite impacts and therefore the effects on neighbours,” Ms Woods said.

“On this occasion, our inspections showed that Minto Recycling were not adhering to those conditions and, by stockpiling waste in the open yard area, there was an increased risk to the local environment and neighbouring businesses were impacted.”

In addition to issuing the hefty fine, the EPA has requested that Minto Recycling provide details of how they will change their practices to ensure compliance.

Residents with concerns about the site can call the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555.

Penalty notices, official cautions and prevention notices are a number of tools the EPA can use to protect the environment and achieve environmental compliance. The EPA takes in a range of factors into account to determine its regulatory response, including the degree of environmental harm, potential health impacts, compliance history, public interest and best environmental outcomes.

For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 02 February 2017