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Environment Protection Authority

EPA issues six penalty notices to Revesby’s Enviro Recycling

Media release: 1 August 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Enviro Recycling Pty Ltd a total $66,000 for multiple offences, including land pollution, a breach of licence by accepting and recycling asbestos waste, and operating an unlicensed waste facility.

The EPA issued six penalty notices to the Revesby-based company after EPA officers inspected Enviro Recycling’s licensed premises in Violet Street, as well as another adjacent property which is owned by Bells Hire Pty Ltd. Both companies had the same sole director, and the second property does not hold an Environment Protection Licence

During the December 2016 inspection at Enviro Recycling’s licensed premises, EPA officers found asbestos in processed and unprocessed stockpiles of waste, which the company had unlawfully accepted. They found similar stockpiles with asbestos at the adjacent unlicensed property.

EPA Director Waste Compliance Greg Sheehy said the hefty fines should remind waste facility operators that the conditions of their environment protection licences must be abided by.

“Asbestos waste is a potentially dangerous substance, and so there are strict procedures in place to ensure it is handled properly,” Mr Sheehy said.

“When operators work outside these procedures the environment and community are put at risk.”

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: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 01 August 2017