‘Piles of waste stored outside’: EPA fines Smithfield waste centre $15,000

Smithfield based Dump It Recycling Centre Pty Ltd has been fined $15,000 for storing waste outside in an uncovered area.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) had issued previous warnings to the company that the piles of waste stored outside needed to be moved and stored in an enclosed area, as per the licence conditions. 

But in January, a EPA inspection found that waste was still being stored outside the building, and the EPA issued a $15,000 fine in response.

EPA Director Waste compliance Greg Sheehy said storing waste in an enclosed area was an important condition that helped protect the environment from dust and runoff stormwater.

“The Smithfield waste facility had piles of waste stored outside, meaning it was exposed to wind and water. This not only means dust can be blown off the stockpiles, but if water runs through those piles of waste it can contaminate local stormwater and pollute local waterways,” Mr Sheehy said.