Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has fined a Hoppers Crossing man for failing to comply with Section 27A(2) of the Environment Protection Act 1970, over the dumping of mulch behind a petrol station.
“EPA issued an infringement notice to the man after the Brimbank City Council reported the dumping of the mulch”, said EPA Manager Metro Peter Kerr.
“The Council had investigated complaints that hundreds of piles of mulch had been dumped in Shearwater Meadow Reserve in Cairnlea. Council officers investigated and instructed the man that the site must be cleaned up, only to receive complaints that mulch had later been dumped in a truck park behind a Caltex service station at Kealba,” Mr Kerr said.
“The landowner has also been issued with a warning and required to clean up the mulch.”
The inspection behind the service station revealed approximately 250 piles of mulch and other garden waste material. Witnesses had noted the number plates on a truck seen dumping material at the site.
The infringement notice from EPA represents a fine of $1,866, and Brimbank City Council has required the owner to remove the mulch.
“If left to decay, mulch can present a fire hazard, leak contaminants into nearby waterways, attract vermin and create an unpleasant odour. And in this case, mulch had been dumped into a public park, and then on privately owned land,” Mr Kerr said.
Members of the public can report pollution of the environment to the 24-hour EPA pollution hotline, by calling 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC). There’s more information at www.epa.vic.gov.au/get-involved/report-pollution