Earthworks company fined for dumping asbestos in Campbelltown

An example of dumped asbestos. Picture: Wolter Peeters
An example of dumped asbestos. Picture: Wolter Peeters

An earthworks company has been slugged $30,000 for illegally dumping asbestos in Campbelltown.

The NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined Multilink Earth Works Pty Ltd for failing to comply with two clean-up notices requiring the removal and lawful disposal of waste from two rural-residential properties in Campbelltown.

EPA regional waste compliance director Cate Woods said the fines related to two separate instances of alleged dumping which included pieces of asbestos, among other waste.

"Illegal dumping will not be tolerated," she said.

"We remind construction and transport companies that under the legislation administered by the EPA, the transport and disposal of waste must be carried out lawfully.

"The EPA will identify and fine waste transporters, and those organising the transport of waste, where they are found to be doing the wrong thing."

The EPA has responded to several illegal waste dumping incidents in Macarthur in recent times.

Ms Woods warned residents to be wary of accepting any waste.

"Residents who are accepting soil or fill on their property should check with their council before making delivery arrangements with suppliers, and ensure that the material is certified," she said.

"Contaminated fill could devalue your land, risk your family's health and cost you thousands of dollars to clean up.

"Be alert to any unusual truck movements near your property and, where possible, record details including registration numbers and a description of the trucks and their drivers.

"Always secure your property when you leave and look our for your neighbors."

The EPA investigates all reports of suspected illegal dumping and encourages anyone with a concern, or knowledge of suspected dumping to contact the 24-hour EPA environment line: 131 555.