EPA fines Greenacre recycling company for dust emission

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Greenacre Recycling Pty Ltd $15,000 for allegedly failing to contain dust pollution at its waste depot.

The EPA was contacted by a concerned member of the public who provided video evidence of dust leaving the Greenacre Recycling facility and blowing into neighbouring properties.

In November 2017, EPA officers visited the Greenacre site and observed dust pollution caused by unloading deliveries. Further checks confirmed that the company’s existing dust control measures were ineffective for the activities taking place on site.

EPA Director Waste Compliance Greg Sheehy said it is the occupier’s responsibility to ensure air pollution guidelines are followed in a proper and efficient manner when processing materials.

“The EPA sets strict air pollution guidelines which must be followed. On this occasion, the occupier has breached those guidelines and has therefore been fined under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act,” Mr Sheehy said.

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