AJ Bush and Sons, Riverstone

Information about our response to community complaints about odours from the premises of AJ Bush and Sons

We are responding to community complaints about the operation of the AJ Bush and Sons meat rendering facility at Riverstone and continue to monitor activities by the licensee to check that they are complying with their licence conditions.

In May 2021, we finalised our investigation into the odour-causing incidents that occurred between September and November 2020. As a result of this investigation, the EPA has issued AJ Bush and Sons with a $15,000 fine for the alleged breach of a licence condition related to the storage of raw animal product in an uncovered area outside in October 2020.

Operating hours

The AJ Bush and Sons Environment Protection Licence (EPL No. 1100) does not impose operating hour restrictions, permitting this premises to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, the actual operating hours of the premises are demand driven.

Enquiries regarding planned operating times of the AJ Bush and Sons premises, should be directed to the licensee.

AJ Bush and Sons can be contacted by phone on 0400 852 555, via email at community@ajbush.com.au, and through the website www.bushsproteins.com.au

Odour investigations

The EPA continues to investigate reports of odour generation impacting residents of the nearby suburbs of Box Hill and Riverstone via announced and unannounced inspections of the AJ Bush and Sons premises and odour surveys in the nearby residential areas. This approach is helping us to understand the level of odour being experienced by the residents and to determine whether actions taken by AJ Bush and Sons are reducing the level of odour experienced.

In 2021, AJ Bush and Sons engaged odour experts to identify odorous activities, assess performance of odour controls and provide recommendations to reduce odour from the premises.

We subsequently required AJ Bush and Sons to develop an Odour Management Action Plan outlining how these recommendations would be implemented. The Action Plan was submitted to the EPA in December 2021 and is currently being reviewed. We will propose that the licence have new conditions, requiring AJ Bush to implement a number of these actions within specified timeframes. While the actions are being implemented, the complete absence of odour from the local environment is not likely to be achieved. We continue to work with the licensee to reduce the odour impacts on nearby residents.

Enquiries and concerns should be directed to the licensee in the first instance.

You can report environmental concerns or complaints 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the Environment Line on 131 555 or info@epa.nsw.gov.au

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