Legal proceedings begin against waste company after complaints about ‘bad egg’ smell
Posted On May 12, 2022
Complaints by hundreds of western Sydney residents over bad smells has led to the initiation of legal proceedings against a waste management and recycling company.
The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said today it is prosecuting Dial-A-Dump (EC) Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Bingo Industries Limited.
The EPA said it had received more than 800 complaints from residents last autumn about offensive “rotten egg gas odours” allegedly coming from the company’s landfill operation at Eastern Creek.
Bingo says it has spent millions of dollars on odour monitoring and gas collection systems, approved by the Department of Planning and Environment earlier this year.
It will be alleged that between March and June 2021, Dial-A-Dump committed an offence under section 129 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, causing the emission of offensive odour – a rotten egg gas smell – from its premises.
The EPA claims the company failed to have adequate controls in place to collect landfill gas and treat it to remove odours.
The offence carries a maximum penalty for a company of $1 million. A hearing date is yet to be set.
Bingo confirmed it had been advised by the EPA that it had started legal proceedings against Dial-a Dump (EC) Pty Ltd.
“Bingo has spent in excess of $3 million on odour monitoring and mitigation infrastructure and activities at its Eastern Creek facility,” a Bingo company statement said.
“This includes the expedited installation of a temporary advanced gas collection and management system which is now operating effectively.
“Additionally the company has committed a further $4 million for the installation of a permanent gas collection and management system, which was approved by the Department of Planning and Environment in March 2022 and will be in place before the end of this year.”