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Environment Protection Authority

Unlawful storage of waste tyres costs Yennora business $15,000

Media release: 27 February 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Grippy Tyres $15,000 for failing to comply with a clean-up notice issued in July last year.

The company was storing waste tyres at their premises and was directed by the EPA to lawfully dispose of the waste tyres at a registered facility. However, when EPA officers inspected the site again, they found the tyres had simply been moved from their original spot outside the building to another unacceptable inside location.

EPA Director Waste Compliance Greg Sheehy said the storage of tyres posed a risk to the community’s safety, health and environment.

“Waste tyres are a fire risk and they also create the perfect environment for mosquitos to breed as the tyres collect water whenever it rains, which becomes stagnant,” Mr Sheehy said.

“Tyres that are used, rejected or unwanted are classified as ‘waste tyres’ and need to be managed responsibly so that people and the environment are protected.

“The EPA closely monitors who is accepting waste tyres to ensure they are disposing of them appropriately. When businesses try to operate outside the rules they put the environment and the community at risk."

Anyone in NSW transporting loads of waste tyres greater than 20 tyres (or 200kg) must register their load through the online tracking tool WasteLocate. The EPA uses WasteLocate to track that waste tyres are being disposed of a licensed facilities.

Members of the public can search the public register to identify whether a waste facility has the appropriate license to accept waste tyres for storage, processing or disposal.

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 www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/130251epacompl.htm.

 

Contact: EPA public affairs

Page last updated: 27 February 2017