EPA fines Hopley for illegal waste dumping

Earlier this week:

HOPLEY Recycling has been fined $7700 for illegally dumping industrial waste at the former White Hills tip.

The Environment Protection Authority issued the fine this week following an investigation at the tip, adjacant to the company’s site on Powell Street.

Hopley Recycling and two of its directors were also charged with 66 offences earlier this week for allegedly failing to comply with EPA clean-up notices.

The matter is expected to appear in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Monday. The fine is separate to the charges.

EPA acting north west manager Danny Childs said the site was investigated after a report to EPA’s pollution hotline.

“EPA officers attended the former White Hills landfill and observed a large amount of industrial waste that contained scrap metal, plastic, broken brick and asphalt-like materials deposited and stockpiled at the site, which is why the fine was handed down,” he said.