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Environment Protection Authority

Waste industry fined $52,500 for dust related offences

Media release: 19 February 2016

Over November and December 2015, a total of 21 Sydney waste facilities were inspected during the Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) Operation Sandstorm campaign.

Following this, four licenced waste facilities have been issued a total of $52,500 in fines for poor dust management practices.

Steven Beaman, EPA Executive Director Waste and Resource Recovery said “Hot, dry and windy weather conditions increase the potential for dust and litter to be generated at waste facilities.

Waste facilities have a responsibility to ensure dust and litter from their premises doesn’t disturb the amenity of nearby communities. This means all waste facilities must be good neighbours and take proactive steps to minimise dust and litter.”

The EPA has taken regulatory action against more than two thirds of the sites it inspected during the recent campaign and the waste industry can expect more inspections.

As a result of last year’s operation, the EPA has issued six program outcome letters, six advisory letters, one show cause letter, four official cautions and four penalty notices. The penalty notices were issued to:

  • Hi-Quality Waste Management Pty Ltd (Licence 5857) was fined $15,000 for failing to maintain the premises in a condition which minimises or prevents the emission of dust from the premises at 37 Lee Holm Street, St Marys, NSW, 2760.
  • KLF Holdings Pty Ltd (Licence 12700) was fined $15,000 for failing to carry out operations and activities in a manner that will minimise the emission of dust from the premises at 16 Grand Avenue, Camellia, NSW, 2142.
  • Scott Robert Greenwood (Licence 4669) was fined $7,500 for failing to carry out operations and activities in a manner that will minimise the emission of dust from the premises at 9994 Mona Vale Road, Belrose, NSW, 2085.
  • Sydney Recycling Park Pty Ltd (Licence 12901) was fined $15,000 for failing to carry out operations and activities in a manner that will minimise the emission of dust from the premises at 16-23 Clifton Avenue, Kemps Creek, NSW, 2178, and failing to keep records and provide records to the EPA of the daily cleaning of Clifton Ave.

Any reports of dust from licenced facilities should be reported to the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555 for investigation.

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance. The EPA takes in 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.

For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/130251epacompl.htm

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 19 February 2016