Court case

EPA VIC charges three firms over illegal dumping

Three Melbourne-based companies and their directors are due in court later this month over EPA Victoria (EPA VIC) charges of illegal dumping of industrial waste.

The case follows an EPA VIC investigation into the alleged illegal dumping of bricks, concrete and other materials at a car park in Tullamarine, north of the city.

EPA VIC alleges that Patchwood Holdings Pty Ltd allowed the illegal tipping of industrial waste, between November 2013 and October 2014. The waste was allegedly deposited on land controlled by Patchwood located at 6 Prima Court, Tullamarine.

Patchwood and its director face two charges under the Environment Protection Act 1970 for allegedly permitting the deposit of industrial waste at a place not licensed to accept it and for failing to comply with a Clean-Up Notice issued by EPA in January 2015.

EPA has also charged Express Demolition & Excavation Pty Ltd and its directors with allegedly depositing industrial waste at a site not licensed to accept waste of that kind.

A third company, Monark Industries Pty Ltd, and its director are charged with allegedly failing to comply with a requirement made by an EPA authorised officer.

EPA’s charges are a result of work undertaken by its Illegal Dumping Strikeforce Program. This program aims to reduce large scale dumping of industrial waste, with a focus on increasing compliance among those generating and transporting industrial waste through building, excavation and demolition activities.

Both matters are listed for mention in the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on 25 August.