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Environment Protection Authority

Kemps Creek waste facility fined $15,000 for after-hours operations

Media release: 20 June 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Suez $15,000 for processing waste at is Kemps Creek facility after the permitted operating hours.

The facility is licensed to receive and process waste, a large proportion of which is garden and mixed waste collected in household collections. The facility is only permitted to process organic-based waste in outdoor areas between the hours of 8am and 4.30pm and must cover any waste material that is stored outdoors.

On inspecting the site in April, EPA officers found that there was waste material being stored uncovered and outside. Sorting operations and equipment were also underway after that 4.30pm cut off point. 

EPA Director Waste Compliance Greg Sheehy said the EPA had issued a $15,000 fine for processing waste outside licensed operating hours and formally warned Suez for not covering waste derived organic material stored outdoors overnight.

“Licence conditions are put in place to ensure these facilities operate with minimal impacts on the community and the environment,” Mr Sheehy said.

“Our officers were on site several times in Kemps Creek and the fine should serve as a reminder to all facilities to operate according to the conditions detailed in their Environment Protection Licence.”

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: 20 June 2017