Luisa Cogno, Macarthur Chronicle Camden
THE Land and Environment Court has issued its largest fine this year to a businessman and his two companies after at least 15,900 tonnes of processed waste containing asbestos was dumped unlawfully at a property at The Oaks.
Businessman Phillip Foxman and his two companies, Botany Building Recyclers and Foxman Environmental Development Services, were convicted and fined a total of $390,000 for six waste offences involving the unlawful transport, deposit and storage of the waste.
The offences occurred between September 2009 and April 2010 when the processed waste was transported unlawfully from the Botany Building Recyclers operation in Banksmeadow to The Oaks. The property, owned by Foxman Environmental Development Services, was not licensed as a waste facility and Mr Foxman had not obtained the appropriate approvals to deposit the waste at the site and did not comply with waste exemptions, the court found.
Mr Foxman was fined $250,000, Botany Building Recyclers was fined $40,000 and Foxman Environmental Development Services was fined $100,000.
They were also ordered to pay the Environment Protection Authority’s investigation costs of $4646, publish a notification of the offences in the media and remove the waste from the property within 90 days to a licensed landfill.
NSW EPA chairman and chief executive Barry Buffier said the court’s result reinforced the importance of lawful disposal of waste material.
“In unlawfully transporting and dumping this waste, Mr Foxman has acted irresponsibly and put the health of the environment and community at potential risk,’’ Mr Buffier said.
“I welcome the strong penalty imposed by the Land and Environment Court.’’
He said the result showed engaging in unapproved and unlawful waste activities would result in strong enforcement action.
To report illegal dumping, phone 131 555.