Fine handed down for leaking garbage truck in Randwick

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Suez Recycling & Recovery Pty Ltd $1,500 for allegedly allowing leachate to leak from a garbage truck in Randwick.

On 30 January 2018, an EPA officer observed liquid leaking from the rear compartment of a garbage truck located on St Marks Road, Randwick. Upon closer inspection, the officer noted that the connection between the rear loading unit and the main body of the truck was not sealed. This allowed leachate associated with the collection of organic food waste, to leak discharge onto the roadway.

EPA Director Waste Compliance Greg Sheehy said businesses that transport waste must take all reasonable steps to avoid spills.

“On this occasion no environmental harm was caused but regular inspections of the seal and preventative maintenance should have detected and prevented the problem,” Mr Sheehy said.

The EPA has issued Suez Recycling & Recovery Pty Ltd with a penalty notice of $1,500. The EPA had issued a warning to Suez for a similar matter in February 2016.

The EPA acknowledges that Suez immediately stopped collecting waste and sent the truck to be repaired.

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