Timber company fined after EPA finds illegal industrial waste

A Kilsyth-based timber processor has been fined $20,000 without conviction after an inspection by EPA Victoria found thousands of cubic metres of illegally stored industrial waste on the site.

Planet Safe Timber Pty Ltd, trading as CCA Pine, entered a plea of guilty in Ringwood Magistrates Court, in response to EPA charges of accepting industrial waste without a licence.

EPA officers inspected the company’s Liverpool Rd premises in December 2021 and found thousands of cubic metres of construction and demolition waste.

They took samples of material from one of the stockpiles, and lab tests revealed it contained three different types of asbestos.

The largest of the stockpiles was U-shaped and measured approximately 80 metres along its base, and the other stockpiles were approximately 10 and 20 metres long.

EPA issued the company with an Environmental Action Notice (EAN), requiring it to remove the industrial waste to a properly licensed facility for safe disposal.

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