Chester Hill recycling company fined $15,000 for not installing dust controls

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Builders Recycling Operations Pty Ltd $15,000 for failing to install dust control measures.

Builders Recycling Operations holds an environment protection licence to conduct building and demolition waste processing activities at their Miller Road site. The licence requires the site to have dust controls, such as a misting spray system installed and operational to ensure dust does not leave the site and affect neighbouring properties.

EPA officers inspected the site on 2 August 2017 and found that the dust control measures were not installed.

The EPA has received more than a dozen complaints regarding dust from the Miller Road site, with at least half of those complaints made in September.

On a subsequent inspection on 17 October and after significant correspondence, EPA officers found the dust control measures had still not been installed at the site.

EPA Director Waste Compliance Greg Sheehy said there was no excuse for not following the conditions of the environment protection licence.

"The licence conditions are clear – measures must be in place and operational to ensure dust does not leave the site," Mr Sheehy said.

"Despite warnings and correspondence, the measures were not installed and the community were impacted.

"Licence conditions are not suggestions – they must be followed to ensure waste facilities can operate with minimal harm on the community and human health."

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 www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm