EPA fines 7 Star Tyres $15,000

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined 7 Star Tyres Pty Ltd $15,000 for allegedly storing waste tyres outside at their Sefton property in breach of its Environment Protection Licence.

EPA Director of Regional Waste Compliance Cate Woods said waste tyres needed to be contained within the Sefton premises to reduce the risk of pollution.

“Under their licence 7 Star Tyres has to ensure waste tyres including whole tyres, shredded or crumbed tyres and tyre pieces, are contained within the building or in an enclosed container at all times," Ms Wood said.

“An EPA inspection of the premises in December 2018 found tyres were not stored in correct containers and outside the building.

“This is poor practice and simply unacceptable.

“Outside storage of tyres has been an ongoing problem at this site and this penalty should serve as a message to all waste facility operators that licence conditions are there to protect the environment and the community and they must comply.”

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