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Environment Protection Authority

Cleanaway fined $30,000 for Environmental breach

Media release: 13 September 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has fined Cleanaway $30,000 for applying treated grease trap waste across a site at Appin in breach of the requirements of the resource recovery exemption and for failing to comply with the conditions of a Prevention Notice.

EPA officers inspected the site known as Blossom Lodge, off Appin Road as part of a state-wide review of the resource recovery orders and exemptions for food waste. A request for information was made to Cleanaway following the inspection. From this information, the EPA found that Cleanaway had applied treated grease trap waste to 3 paddocks above the permitted maximum application rate of 600 tonnes per hectare. Approximately 800 to 1000 tonnes per hectare was spread on each paddock.

The EPA issued Cleanaway with a Prevention Notice in March 2017 requiring the company to cease any further waste application and to submit a formal report. Cleanaway failed to supply the required information to the EPA before the due date given in the Notice.

EPA Director of Waste, Greg Sheehy, said Cleanaway did not comply with the treated grease trap waste exemption 2014 and therefore breached Section 48 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act (by undertaking a scheduled activity without holding an Environment Protection Licence). The application of grease trap waste above maximum application rates can impact the environment and pollute local water ways.

“Cleanaway also failed to supply the required information to the EPA by the due date given on the Notice,” Mr Sheehy said.

“The EPA views non-compliance with environmental regulations as a serious matter and has issued the company with two penalty notices of $15,000 each for waste offences and for not meeting the requirements of the Prevention Notice.”

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance. The EPA takes a range of factors into account before delivering a proportionate regulatory response, including the degree of environmental harm, potential health impacts, compliance history, public interest and best environmental outcomes.

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