Heddon Greta skip bin company slapped with $15,000 illegal dumping fine

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A Heddon Greta skip bin company has been slugged with a $15,000 fine after illegally transporting and dumping waste, including asbestos sheeting, at a rural property near Kurri Kurri. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined Needa Skip Bin Pty Ltd after the company transported loads of building and demolition waste to a property at Keinbah, where it was dumped.  

EPA officers estimated that 12 loads of unprocessed building waste including bricks, concrete and masonry were used to fill depressions on the land, while timber and other waste was burned at the site.

Asbestos sheeting was also found among the burnt material, but was removed and disposed of by the owner of the land.

Needa Skip Bin was fined $15,000 under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act and ordered to remove the waste it had taken to the site in late September.

EPA regional waste compliance manager, Steven James, said the EPA took strong action against the company for taking waste to the rural property and not being an authorised waste facility.

“The application of unprocessed waste to land is an issue in the Hunter region of NSW and those involved in these activities should be on notice,” Mr James said.

“People working in the waste industry have a duty to know where they can lawfully take their waste.  Failure to lawfully dispose of waste will result in enforcement action with maximum penalties of $1,000,000 for a company and $250,000 for an individual.”