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State Asphalt Services fined for operating without a weighbridge in Prestons

Media release: 28 February 2017

The NSW EPA has fined State Asphalt Services for failing to install a weighbridge as part of their requirements in administrating the waste levy, at their Prestons site before the February 2016 deadline.

On 1 February 2016 legislation came into effect requiring any facility that recovers, recycles, processes or stores waste, and is liable for the waste levy, to install a weighbridge.

State Asphalt Services, located in southwest Sydney, did not begin weighbridge installation work until September 2016, despite several reminders and warnings from the EPA. The company only began progressing on the purchase and installation of a weighbridge at the premises after the EPA issued a notice in August.

State Asphalt Services is a business that accepts asphalt waste for reprocessing and storage.  Weighbridges play an important role in monitoring how much asphalt waste is brought into the Prestons premises, and helps ensure the correct waste levy is paid.

EPA Director Waste Compliance Greg Sheehy said the company had been fined $1500 for operating without a weighbridge compromised important record keeping procedures.

“Reliable, accurate and up-to-date waste and recycling data is essential for the development of effective waste policies, as well as monitoring progress towards NSW recycling and resource recovery targets,” Mr Sheehy said.

“Weighbridges record the amounts of waste going into recycling centres across our state, and the EPA uses that information to accurately record waste movements and help ensure there is a fair playing field across the waste industry.”

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance including formal warnings, official cautions, licence conditions, notices and directions and prosecutions. For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm.

Contact: EPA public affairs

Page last updated: 28 February 2017