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Three waste operators fined in South West Sydney and Southern Highlands (UPDATED)

Media release: 20 February 2017

Three waste operators in South West Sydney and the Southern Highlands have been fined over $53,000 by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for alleged unlawful waste activities.

Chester Hill truck driver Assem Fattah, now trading as AACE Civil, was issued with $8,000 in penalties after a truck registered to him was involved in an accident while trying to dump building and demolition waste on a roadside reserve off Picton Road at Wilton. He has also been fined for providing false and misleading information to the EPA during its investigation.

EPA Manager Regional Waste Compliance Cate Woods said Mr Fattah’s truck was in the process of dumping the waste when it rolled partway onto its side. Responding to the accident, traffic services were able to identify the dumping activity, alert the EPA and gather evidence at the scene.

“Our investigation revealed that this was the third time this truck had visited the site – a known hotspot for illegal dumping,” Ms Woods said.

“On this occasion, not only was this waste dumped near a catchment for Sydney’s drinking water, it was also dumped in close proximity to the road, causing a road safety risk.

“We don’t tolerate illegal dumping. It undermines legitimate operators in the waste industry who are working with us to do the right thing. We also don’t tolerate individuals who attempt to derail our investigations by providing false information.

East Kangaloon - separate incident

Separately, the EPA also issued $30,000 in penalties to soil company Amiterre Ag Solutions Pty Ltd and a $15,000 penalty to Suez Recycling & Recovery Pty Ltd for allegedly operating an unlawful waste facility on a private property on Tourist Road, East Kangaloon.

Following another traffic incident, emergency services and Wingecarribee Shire Council alerted the EPA to what they suspected was an unlawful waste facility. EPA investigations found that approximately 285 tonnes of food and other waste had been deposited at the property and that the waste was being eaten by livestock.

Ms Woods said this may present a biosecurity risk.

“The waste material here included material which contained meat products, such as dog chews, which need to be disposed of properly.

“While the EPA allows some waste to be used in farming, it needs to be done in a lawful manner and in an environmentally responsible manner. This allows us to make sure it’s beneficial to the soil and the wider environment.”

Anyone with information about unlawful waste activities can report it to the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555 or via info@environment.nsw.gov.au

CORRECTION: This replaces an earlier version of the media release which was published under the headline “Dodgy waste operators caught out by traffic incidents”.  

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 20 February 2017