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Broderick Road recycling EPA response

Following a significant fire at SKM’s recycling plant in Coolaroo in 2017, a joint government taskforce was established to target resource recovery facilities that require extra management to comply with their environmental obligations and protect public health and safety.

The taskforce identified the Broderick Road, Lara site as one of the highest-risk waste stockpiles in the state.

The site commenced in 2013 and operated under a planning permit issued after a VCAT hearing. The site ceased receiving new material in December 2017, under order by VCAT.

Poor site management practices by the previous operator C&D Recycling have resulted in an unacceptable risk to the local community, the environment and emergency services if there was a fire at the site.

The premise has been managed by the site owner TASCO since early 2018 as C&D Recycling has effectively abandoned the site.

The City of Greater Geelong and EPA have been informed that TASCO has been placed into liquidation and that Partners of PwC Australia have been appointed liquidators and have advised that they will be implementing the VCAT enforcement orders.

EPA together with City of Greater Geelong and other agencies is committed to seeking to hold TASCO and its associated entities to account for the ongoing implementation of site security, fire prevention measures and monitoring at the site as well as clean-up and remediation.

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Page last updated on 4 Apr 2019