EPA fines Smithfield waste centre $15,000 for poor waste storage practices

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Dump It Recycling Centre Pty Ltd $15,000 for storing waste outside in an uncovered area at its Smithfield facility, contrary to the conditions of its environment protection licence.

EPA officers have issued previous warnings to the company that the piles of waste stored outside needed to be moved and stored in an enclosed area, as per the licence conditions. Despite warnings and cautions about the required storage practices, a January 2018 EPA inspection found that waste was still being stored outside the building, and the EPA issued a $15,000 fine in response.

EPA Director Waste Compliance Greg Sheehy said the requirement to store waste in an enclosed area was an important condition that helped protect the environment from dust and runoff stormwater.

“The Smithfield waste facility had piles of waste stored outside, meaning it was exposed to wind and water. This not only means dust can be blown off the stockpiles, but if water runs through those piles of waste it can contaminate local stormwater and pollute local waterways,” 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