The Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has cracked down on western Sydney businesses for illegally stockpiling waste tyres.
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Director of Waste and Resource Recovery at EPA, Steve Beaman said Revesby-based BSV Tyre Recycling Australia was issued with a clean-up notice and a $15,000 fine after unlawfully stockpiling 150 tonnes of waste tyres.
He said new requirements around transport tracking and a waste levy fee for stockpiles more 12 months old announced in the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 would make it harder for waste tyre operators to illegally stockpile tyres above licence limits.
“Existing facilities that store more than 50 tonnes or 5,000 waste tyres must be licensed by the EPA to operate a waste facility,” he said.
Recent changes to legislation meant that from 1 November 2014 any new facilities have needed an EPA licence to store more than five tonnes or 500 waste tyres, and all facilities above this limit will need to have an EPA licence by 1 August 2015.”
“EPA-issued penalty notices of $15,000 for corporations now apply for the 10 most serious environmental offences, including use of land as waste facility without lawful authority,” he said.