EPA Victoria has charged RG Programs and Services Pty Ltd, the operators of the REDcycle program, with three counts of failing to comply with an EPA Information Gathering Notice (IGN).


The IGN required information be provided on the locations and amounts of stored soft plastics. This notice and other regulatory action followed EPA discovering quantities of soft plastics being stored in a Williamstown North warehouse in May.


It is allegedRG Programs and Services Pty Ltd only provided partial information of known storage sites in response to the IGN.


Additional information was obtained through investigations by EPA officers, including working directly with trucking and logistics companies.


EPA is not satisfiedthere is a reasonable excuse for this non-disclosure, leading to the charges


RG Programs and Services Pty Ltd faces a fine, with a maximum penalty of more than $165,000


Investigations are continuing, with the possibility of further charges for breaches of environmental laws, including waste duties.  EPA announced yesterday (23 Dec) that it had identified another storage site in a Dandenong South facility bringing the number of confirmed soft plastics stockpile sites linked to the program to nine with sites in  West Footscray, Truganina, Williamstown North, Campbellfield, Tullamarine, Dandenong South, West Wodonga and two in Tottenham.

Reviewed 24 December 2022