EPA fines company $30,000 for breach of licence

A Western Sydney recycling company faces fines of $30,000 for breaching its environment protection licence.

MET Recycling Pty Ltd holds an environment protection licence to carry out resource recovery and waste storage at its Silverwater premises

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) alleges that Met Recycling contravened a number of its licence conditions around storing and processing waste, exceeding the stockpile height limit of five metres, stockpiling material within three metres of the boundary fence, failing to maintain a clear space between the ground and the demountable buildings, and failing to maintain fencing along the boundary.

EPA Director Waste Compliance Greg Sheehy said waste facilities had to abide by their licence conditions to ensure impacts on the environment and community were minimised.

“When waste operators fail to follow the rules the EPA won’t hesitate to act if there are breaches,” Mr Sheehy said.

Met Recycling was issued with two $15,000 fines, and three Official Cautions and voluntarily ceased receiving waste material until the premises was brought into compliance.

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.