NSW EPA have fined four licensed waste companies a total of $52,500 for poor dust management practices at their facilities.
As part of its Operation Sandstorm campaign, NSW EPA inspected 21 Sydney waste facilities during November and December last year.
This resulted in NSW EPA issuing six program outcome letters, six advisory letters, one show cause letter, four official cautions and four penalty notices to operators of waste management facilities.
Steven Beaman, NSW EPA Executive Director Waste and Resource Recovery, said “Hot, dry and windy weather conditions increase the potential for dust and litter to be generated at waste facilities.
“[They] have a responsibility to ensure dust and litter from their premises doesn’t disturb the amenity of nearby communities. This means all waste facilities must be good neighbours and take proactive steps to minimise dust and litter.”
NSW EPA took regulatory action against more than two thirds of the sites it inspected during the recent crackdown and it says the waste industry can expect more inspections
More details on the recent fines can be found on the NSW EPA website.