A recycling operator in Minto was recently fined almost $100,000 for breaching its environment protection licence.
Minto Recycling Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of Bingo Industries Ltd) was forced to pay $90,000 to the Environmental Trust after pleading guilty in the Land and Environment Court late last year.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) prosecuted the business for receiving excessive amounts of waste at its former licensed waste processing facility in 2017.
The company exceeded the amount of waste it was permitted to receive in a 12-month period (November 25, 2016 to November 24, 2017) .
Minto Recycling's licence allowed them to receive up to 30,000 tonnes of waste, however in that period the company received and processed 169,695.34 tonnes - more than five times the authorised amount.
The Court found the offence was 'on the top end of the low range of objective seriousness'.
It also found that Minto Recycling obtained a financial benefit from the breach that "was undoubtedly substantial and was a direct result of the Defendant's offending conduct".
It is estimated the operator derived financial benefits of at least $250,000 from the extra 139,000 tonnes of waste.
Justice Tom Moore ordered Minto Recycling to pay the EPA's legal costs and place notices in several newspapers (including the Advertiser) and Bingo's website publicising their breach conviction.
Residents can report pollution and environmental incidents to the EPA's Environment Line by calling 131 555.
For more information about the EPA's regulatory tools, visit epa.nsw.gov.au.