$39,000 in fines for alleged dumping in suburban block
THREE truckies and a Sydney demolition company have been fined a total of $39,000 for alleged dumping of over 100 tonnes of asbestos-filled building and demolition waste on a suburban block.
Cate Woods, Director Regional Waste Compliance at the NSW Environment Protection Authority, said at least four trucks entered a property at Leppington on the Camden Valley Way, without the permission or knowledge of the owner, and allegedly dumped multiple loads of waste in daylight hours.
"During the EPA's investigation, CCTV footage was obtained showing four trucks entering the property and depositing waste material,” Ms Woods said.
"Companies and individual drivers who transport waste are responsible for their actions. When they are caught doing the wrong thing they can expect strong enforcement action from the EPA.”
Fines of $7,500 each were issued to three individuals, and a $15,000 fine was issued to the Western Civil Group Pty Ltd for the alleged unlawful transport of waste to the property.
Two of the individuals were also issued $750 fines each for allegedly not responding to statutory notices requiring them to provide information and records about the incident, bringing the total fine amounts issued to $39,000.
In addition, the EPA issued a clean-up notice requiring removal and disposal of the material at a lawful facility, however the notice was not complied with and the material is currently being removed by a third party. The EPA is investigating the alleged non-compliance with the clean-up notice.
The EPA asks the public to report any unusual truck movements and be vigilant and make enquiries with council before accepting any fill on their property.
The EPA said it investigates all reports of suspected illegal dumping and encourages anyone with a concern, or knowledge of suspected dumping to contact the 24-hour EPA Environment Line on 131 555.