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Environment Protection Authority

EPA fines companies $91,500 for waste offences

Media release: 19 May 2017

Four waste companies in Sydney and Newcastle have been fined a total $91,500 by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for environmental offences.

EPA Manager Waste Compliance Cate Woods said the companies had put the environment at risk.

"If waste facilities are not managed properly there can be off-site impacts to the environment and broader community,” Ms Woods said.

“These fines are a reminder to all companies involved in waste operations to operate within the law and take proactive steps to follow the rules.

"If companies don’t have proper environmental controls in place or are if they are operating illegally, the EPA will step in to protect the community and environment and take strong action against them.”

Bingo Waste Services Pty Ltd has been fined $30,000 for unlawfully transporting general solid waste to the Minto Recycling facility in August 2016. This included domestic waste, waste from litter bins, street sweepings, pieces of plastic and other items. The facility is licenced to receive building and demolition waste and scrap metal only.

In relation to the same incident, Minto Recycling Pty Ltd has been fined $30,000 for accepting that waste from Bingo Waste Services in contravention of their licence conditions. The company continued to accept loads of garbage even after being warned by the EPA that it was unlawful to do so. Processing unlawful waste in with waste for recycling creates a risk of contamination being reintroduced into the community who believe they are purchasing a quality product.

Newcastle Recycling (NSW) Pty Ltd has been fined $15,000 for failing to properly store diesel at its Tomago waste facility. The company stores diesel at the site to power equipment for its recycling and waste storage activities. The fine was issued after the company failed to act appropriately on three EPA warnings to improve its practices.

Clean Valley Pty Ltd has been fined $15,000 for failing to adequately manage dust generated by activities at its Tomago waste facility near Newcastle. The site receives construction and demolition waste and acts as a resource recovery facility.  In addition, the company has also been fined $1,500 for failing to install a weighbridge as required by its licence.

"The EPA carries out regular inspections to enforce licence conditions and regulations. Anyone with information about poor practices in the waste industry or environmental impacts from operations in their area should call the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555 and we will investigate," Ms Woods said.

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 at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 19 May 2017