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EPA fines Sydney Transwaste for non-compliance with clean-up notice

Media release: 2 June 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued a $15,000 fine to Sydney Transwaste Industries Pty Ltd for failing to comply with a Clean-Up Notice after the company stockpiled waste over allowable limits.

In two inspections at the company’s Homebush West premises, EPA officers found an estimated 3,000 cubic metres (mᵌ) of waste being stored at the premises. This is well over the lawful limit of 1,000 mᵌ permitted for unlicensed facilities.

Transwaste, an unlicensed waste facility, was issued with two Clean-Up notices in May and August 2016. In December 2016 they were issued with an official caution for failing to comply with the first Clean-Up Notice.

EPA Director Waste Compliance Greg Sheehy said Clean-Up Notices are crucial to managing pollution in NSW.

“While Transwaste have verbally, and in writing, indicated their willingness to work with the EPA, they have repeatedly failed to comply with Clean-Up Notices. 

“In stockpiling waste, there is a risk of dust emissions and sediment-laden water which can potentially cause harm to the health of the community and the environment,” he said.

The EPA has instructed Transwaste to reduce the amount of waste material it is storing onsite since November 2015. 

Waste facilities that store over 1,000 mᵌ of waste require an environment protection licence (EPL), but Transwaste’s application for an EPL in 2015 could not be processed due to incomplete supporting documentation. This included not having appropriate development consent permitting waste to be stored and processed at the premises.

“Operating a waste facility without the appropriate development consent gives Transwaste an unfair advantage over competitors within the industry who have invested financial capital installing infrastructure to manage air, noise and water at their premises,” said Mr Sheehy.

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: 02 June 2017