A Newcastle-based company has received another conviction and has been fined $8000 in Maitland Local Court for illegally dumping 52 tonnes of demolition waste from the former Maitland Leagues Club building at a site in Woodberry.
In 2020, ARSK Civil Pty Ltd was engaged in conducting demolition work at the former Maitland Leagues Club site in, Bulwer Street, Maitland.
The original approval for the demolition of the club required that all waste be taken to lawful waste facilities.
In March 2020, ARSK Civil Pty Ltd transported 52 tonnes of demolished brick, tile, metal and general waste from Maitland Leagues Club to a property on Turners Road, Woodberry, where it was dumped.
The material had intended to be used as fill for a construction project on the rural property.
Demolition waste, including bricks and concrete, cannot be used for this purpose.
The Director of ARSK Civil Pty Ltd, and Newcastle Councillor Allan Robinson, appeared to represent his company at court. Although initially set down for hearing, a plea of guilty was subsequently entered and accepted.
After considering the facts presented and the previous convictions against ARSK Pty Ltd for similar matters, the magistrate imposed the $8000 fine.
Rob Robertson, Coordinator Hunter and Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad wants to highlight to the public that demolition material, including bricks, tiles and concrete, can only be disposed of at authorised recycle and waste facilities.
Also, that 'clean, hard fill' does not exist and that the material cannot be applied to land if it does not meet the Exemptions and Orders set out on the NSW EPA website.
If a person is unsure about what material they can accept on their property, they should seek advice from their local council or the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
The RID Squad works across seven local council areas and investigates both domestic and commercial dumping matters. On the spot fines for individuals can be as much as $4000 and for companies $8000.
If you are required to attend Local Court, you may face a penalty of up to $110,000.
The RID Squad is a joint program between the NSW Environment Protection Authority and local councils, with funding from the waste levy.
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