Knackery fined for illegal dumping
The owner of a Violet Town knackery processing facility has been fined more than $1700 for dumping offal and animal carcasses on his property and setting them alight.
Following a report from the community, officers from the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) visited the Kings Rd premises in October last year.
They discovered knackery processing waste, mainly offal and carcasses, had been dumped down a threemetre deep pit and had been set alight.
EPA officers issued the owner with notices requiring he stop dumping the knackery waste on his property and to clean-up the existing pit.
The notices complied with revoked.
The owner was subsequently fined $1771 for the dumping of industrial waste, namely knackery waste to land at a premises not licensed or permitted to receive it and also received an official warning for burning the waste.
EPA North East acting manager Dan Hunt said it was disappointing that a member of the community had chosen to dump the waste from his knackery processing facility on his own property.
‘‘Depositing industrial waste in such an uncontrolled way can cause land pollution and groundwater contamination for future generations wanting to access these resources,’’ he said.
‘‘This type of material, including offal and animal carcasses should be taken to local rendering plants where it can be reprocessed.’’
Mr Hunt encouraged the community to report pollution to EPA on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or by visiting www.epa.vic.gov.au