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Environment Protection Authority

EPA fines waste company for excessive waste stockpile at Ingleburn

Media release: 5 September 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued Direct Pallets with a fine of $15,000 for stockpiling waste pallets above the permitted height at its resource recovery facility at Ingleburn.  

Direct Pallets receives waste pallets for processing and recycling and operates under an environment protection licence issued by the EPA. The company’s licence requires that the height of any stockpile of processed or unprocessed waste does not exceed four metres. This condition is based on a limit specified in the Development Consent for the facility.

EPA Acting Manager Regional Waste Compliance Steven James said the limitation on stockpile heights was there to reduce the risk to public and environmental health and to minimise the risk of fire.

The alleged offence was identified on 31 July 2017 when EPA Officers conducted an unannounced inspection at the facility and observed a stockpile of unprocessed pallet waste that was approximately 10 metres at its highest point; significantly exceeding the limit of four metres.

“The conditions of an environment protection licence are in place for a reason and it is disappointing that Direct Pallets has again exceeded the limitation on stockpile heights, despite the EPA issuing the company with a Formal Warning in September 2016 for the same thing,” Mr James said.

“Direct Pallets has since reduced the height of the stockpile and installed height markers to ensure that the height of the stockpile does not exceed four metres in the future.”

The EPA will continue to monitor the company’s stockpiles including conducting unannounced inspections.

Penalty notices, official cautions and prevention notices are a number of tools the EPA can use to protect the environment and achieve environmental compliance. The EPA takes in a range of factors into account to determine its regulatory response, including the degree of environmental harm, potential health impacts, compliance history, public interest and best environmental outcomes.

Contact: EPA public affairs

Page last updated: 05 September 2017