EPA boss quits over red lid bins strife
THE head of the State’s environmental watchdog has quit in the fallout of the organic waste scandal where rubbish, including disposable nappies, plastic and glass from red lid bins, was being used as “soil amendment” across the State.
Less than a year after Environment Protection Agency chief executive Barry Buffier resigned following issues with the container deposit scheme, the organisation has lost Anissa Levy, who had been acting in his position.
Ms Levy’s resignation follows Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton slamming the agency last week for withholding a report on the now-suspended waste re-use scheme.
The practice of using treated household waste as soil amendment began 20 years ago to reduce landfill while improving soil quality.
But in an internal EPA report, it was found the waste had “limited agricultural benefits”. The seven-year study also found there were potential risks from some contaminants from the waste, which included disposable nappies, plastic and glass.
While reassuring NSW that there was no human health risk, Ms Upton said the EPA showed “very poor judgment” after the report was finalised in April but she only found out about it in September.
The agency said Ms Levy would be returning to her old position of deputy chief executive of Infrastructure NSW.
EPA Chief Environmental Regulator Mark Gifford will act in the position until a new boss is found.