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Monday, May 17, 2021

Warabrook business fined $8000 for illegal dumping

Newcastle based company, ARSK Civil Pty Ltd, has received another conviction and been fined $8000 in Maitland Local Court for illegally dumping 52 tonnes of demolition waste.

The company, located in Warabrook, is part of the Engineering Services Industry that generates $1.37 million in sales (USD) per annum.

In 2020, ARSK Civil Pty Ltd, was engaged to conduct demolition work at the site of the former Maitland Leagues Club in Bulwer Street, Maitland. 

The original approval for the demolition of the club required that all waste be taken to lawful waste facilities. 

Around 24 March 2020, ARSK Civil Pty Ltd transported 52 tonnes of demolished brick, tile, metal and general waste from Maitland Leagues Club to a property on Turners Road, Woodberry where it was dumped. 

The waste had intended to be used as fill for a construction project on the rural property. Demolition waste, including bricks and concrete, cannot be used for this purpose. 

The ARSK Civil Pty Ltd director Mr Alan Robinson, appeared in court, entering a guilty plea for illegal waste disposal.

ARSK Pty Ltd was issued an $8000 fine. 

Coordinator of the Hunter/Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad Rob Robertson said the fine highlighted to the public that demolition material, including bricks, tiles and concrete, can only be disposed of at authorised recycle and waste facilities. 

“The concept of ‘clean, hard fill’ does not exist in reality and this material cannot be applied to land if it does not meet the Exemptions and Orders set out by the NSW EPA,” he said. 

“It is very important that people understand what material they can accept and use on their property.

“If a person is unsure, they should seek advice from their local Council or the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority.” 

The RID Squad works across seven local council areas and investigates both domestic and commercial dumping matters. 

On the spot fines for individuals can be as much as $4000 and for companies $8000. 

The RID Squad is a joint program between the NSW Environment Protection Authority and local councils, with funding from the waste levy. Information about exemptions and orders can be found on the NSW EPA website.

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