Illegal waste dumping conviction

A Gippsland-based waste company has been found guilty of illegally dumping industrial waste at Bairnsdale and Cann River landfills in 2012.

Two directors, a former general manager and a truck driver were convicted and fined a total of $100,000 at Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court on 15 December following an Environment Protection Authority investigation.

The court heard EPA commenced an investigation in October 2012 following reports GWS was illegally dumping tyres at the Cann River Landfill.

EPA officers subsequently investigated allegations that industrial waste was also being illegally dumped outside business hours to avoid paying the required landfill levy at the Bairnsdale and Kilmany landfills.

At the time, GWS was subcontracted by East Gippsland and Wellington shire councils to operate the landfills.

EPA acting chief executive Damian Wells said there were clear rules and requirements for the disposal of industrial waste in Victoria.

“Breaching these rules is a criminal offence,” Mr Wells said.