Stawell Dump Gone but The Bill is Unpaid

The Stawell tyre yard after the clean-up effort. Photo: EPA
The Stawell tyre yard after the clean-up effort. Photo: EPA

The Victoria state environmental watchdog says it will take the owners of the Stawell dump to court to recover almost $6 million spent eliminating the massive fire hazard.The final tyres were removed from the notorious Stawell dump in mid October, two months after the Environmental Protection Authority took control of the site.

At one point, the stockpile was estimated to hold 9 million tyres and was one of the largest dumps in the world. It took 380 truckloads to move the 9500 tonnes of tyres, the EPA said, most of which were shredded for use as fuel. However, 3500 tonnes of tyres couldn't be recycled and will end up in landfill.

The cost of the clean-up has been put at close to $6 million and the EPA said it would launch legal action to force the owners to pay for it. 



The Stawell tyre yard after the clean-up effort. Photo: EPA

About the author

Ewan has been editor of Retreading Business since 2006 and of Tyre & Rubber Recycling since the magazine was founded. During this period he has become an expert on the global tyre recycling sector. He has many years' experience as an automotive journalist including a period at Tyres & Accessories.



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