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Footage captures offender, leads to EPA fine

22 Jun 2017

Surveillance footage has helped to capture a Warrandyte excavation company caught dumping industrial waste at a Templestowe site, leading to a $7773 Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) fine.

Ten piles of dumped soil and rock spread across a 50 metre stretch of land was found at Fitzsimons Lane when EPA officers visited the area on 8 April this year in response to a pollution report.

The waste also included a range of household items such as a television, paint tins, and books.

EPA Metro Manager Dan Hunt said surveillance footage set up to help capture the offender found a tipper truck, owned by Byrne Excavations Pty Ltd, was dumping the waste at the site.

“The footage provided by Parks Victoria to EPA found the company was depositing the waste on the site on different occasions, which frustratingly highlights their disrespect for the community, the law and the environment,” Mr Hunt said.

“If not managed responsibly, waste such as this can pollute the environment, pose a public health risk and pose amenity issues.

“On top of this, it costs Victorians millions of dollars every year to clean-up illegally dumped waste.

“EPA will continue to investigate illegal dumping of waste, and look at new ways to gather evidence, deter and hold offenders to account.”

EPA issued Byrne Excavations with a $7773 Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) for dumping industrial waste at a place not licensed to accept it, a breach under section 27A(2)(a) of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

EPA is currently working with Parks Victoria on a clean-up plan for the site.

Mr Hunt said reducing large-scale dumping of industrial waste (including construction and demolition waste) was a priority for EPA’s Illegal Dumping Strikeforce program.

He encouraged community to call 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or complete EPA’s confidential illegal dumping intelligence form if they suspected someone was handling waste unlawfully or illegally.

“Community members and industry representatives play an important role in helping EPA identify and respond to commercial, industrial and large scale illegal dumping.”

Page last updated on 22 Jun 2017