Two companies and a council on the eastern seaboard are feeling the pinch from fines issued by the Victorian and NSW EPAs.
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Over in NSW, Hi-Quality Waste Management copped a $15,000 fine for exceeding the authorised amount of waste it is lawfully permitted to keep on its St Marys resource recovery and recycling facility.

The St Marys facility, on Lee Holm Road, is licensed to accept waste materials including blast furnace slag, soils, building and demolition waste.

On December 7, 2016, Hi-Quality reported to the EPA that the recycling facility was storing waste materials well above the amount the facility is authorised to store.

This incident was the fourth time Hi-Quality had exceeded its limit in 12 months, and came after several warnings from the EPA.

NSW EPA manager waste strategy and innovation Henry Moore said the waste storage limits were an important tool in managing waste facilities' effects on both the growing resource recovery market and the environment.

"The EPA places these conditions on environment protection licences to minimise market distortions and environmental effects including offsite impacts like dust, runoff and odours," Moore said.

"This December incident was not the first time Hi-Quality had exceeded the limits. By not adhering to their licence conditions and stockpiling waste, they put the local environment at risk."

In addition to issuing the fine, the EPA has requested that Hi-Quality provide details of how it will change its practices to ensure future compliance.

Turning to Victoria, Wellington Shire Council has been fined more than $7500 for breaching a condition of a pollution abatement notice at the Kilmany Resource Recovery Centre and Landfill.

EPA Gippsland manager Stephen Lansdell said the EPA launched an investigation of the site following pollution reports from the public alleging litter was leaving the landfill premises and impacting on the local environment.

"Once onsite, EPA officers found areas of the landfill with piles of exposed waste that should have had at least 30 centimetres of soil cover to prevent the litter being blown about by the elements and leaving the property," Lansdell said.

"Under its EPA licence, the company is required to cover over any exposed waste at the end of each operational day. In this case the waste has clearly not been covered and was exposed."

Lansdell said following the inspection, the EPA issued the council with a notice that required it to ensure exposed waste was covered to comply with its EPA licence conditions.

"A return inspection by EPA officers found further evidence of exposed waste at the site, which is a failure by the council to comply with the requirements of the EPA notice. This is why EPA has fined the Wellington Shire Council more than $7,500," Lansdell said.  

"This breach was avoidable; Wellington Shire Council is well aware of its licence conditions, and in this case correct management and monitoring of the exposed litter would have avoided the fine for failing to cover exposed waste."

The EPA has also fined Campbellfield company Oz Tyre Recyclers $7773 for failing to comply with an EPA notice to monitor and manage its tyre stockpile.   

EPA metro manager Daniel Hunt said that under its licence to store 7000 waste tyres, Oz Tyre Recyclers is required to produce and implement a monitoring program to manage fire risk and ensure the safe storage of waste tyres.   

"EPA issued a remedial notice after the company failed to meet this licence condition, and now the remedial notice hasn't been complied with," Hunt said.  

"The requirements of the notice were fairly easy to meet and we're disappointed they haven't been complied with. EPA takes compliance with its notices very seriously."

Hunt said the company was the first in Victoria to be granted a licence to store waste tyres under new regulations which came into force in 2015. The regulations require premises that store more than 40 tonnes or 5000 waste tyres to obtain a works approval and licence from EPA.  

"EPA has put these regulations in place to ensure the Victorian public is better protected from the risk of tyre fires from unsafe stockpiles of waste tyres," he said.  

Hunt said Oz Tyre Recyclers had also been issued with an official warning for not meeting a reporting requirement under the remedial notice.