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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

EPA issues fines for illegal tyre dumping in southern Tasmania

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued two infringements over the past two months for the illegal disposal of used tyres, involving two Tasmanian tyre retailers in southern Tasmania.


In the first case, the EPA issued Tazzy Tyres (Kingston) with an Environmental Infringement Notice (EIN) for disposing about 500 waste tyres on land managed by Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) at McDougalls Road, Lonnavale.


EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford said the EIN was issued for the offence under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Waste Management) Regulations 2010.


“Used tyres are a controlled waste, and it’s an offence to dispose of them in a manner such that they ‘could leak, spill or escape into the environment’,” said Mr Ford.


“An investigation into the illegal disposal of tyres was conducted over a couple of months, and involved STT staff working closely with the EPA to achieve a successful prosecution,” he said.


Tazzy Tyres (Kingston) was fined $3,180, and subsequently collected the tyres from STT land and disposed of them appropriately.


In the second incident, a quantity of used tyres was disposed onto privately owned land at Nugent. The tyres had been stored at Heaths Tyres of Sorell before being illegally dumped in bushland.


“Issuing an EIN under the Waste Regulations is an effective way of penalising such offenders, who really should know better,” said Mr Ford.


“Waste tyres may harbour pests and vermin if stored or dumped in the open, and they can cause considerable environmental harm if burnt,” he said.


“Tyre fires not only destroy property but can emit large quantities of smoke harmful to human health, and runoff of water used for firefighting may pollute soil and waterbodies.


“It’s important that we uphold the law around waste tyre disposal to protect the environment and to support the growing recycling industry in Tasmania,” Mr Ford said.


Mr Ford encouraged people to report the illegal dumping of tyres along with littering offences via the EPA website at www.epa.tas.gov.au/regulation/report-littering

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  1. Mjf

    December 20, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    You presume too much, Spike .. but at times, too little.

    • spikey

      December 20, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      It would appear you presume to know enough about me to make such a comment.

      I presume I know more about Tasmanian ecosystems than all of our demented forestry apologists combined, and quite likely a lot more about sustainable and economic forestry practices also.

      Given your support for ‘worlds best practice’ forestry and ‘mixed forest’ terminology, I presume I’m qualified enough to make such an outrageous claim.

  2. Mike Seabrook

    December 18, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    when will the grease and oil leakages from the aged oil drilling rig in the derwent river be jumped onto

    • Mjf

      December 21, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      It’s hard to say Spike, what you think you should presume or not.

      You may well have an inflated opinion of oneself which perhaps defines your presumptive traits. But I can only observe from the periphery and draw my own conclusions. Will that be it for now ?

  3. MjF

    December 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    These tyre companies have already charged customers a fee for regulated and approved tyre disposal.

    It’s also fraud they’re guilty of here, yet they get a cream-puff fine and incur a small financial impost to go pick up their rubbish.

    What about something meaningful EPA, when the maximum fine possible is $20,000 and 6 months imprisonment, or so?

    • Simon Warriner

      December 18, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      I agree, but pursuing the fraud thing is not the EPA’s remit. You could ask Tas Police to pursue it, but from my experience that is a complete waste of time.

      Perhaps some new legal firm looking for some media coverage could pursue a class action .. or do we have one of those newfangled consumers affairs thingys?

    • spikey

      December 18, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      Salubrious festive greetings Mr Fitch, from a serial tick ‘n flicker who has frequently pointed out that legitimate concerns regarding our disgracefully corrupt forestry charity FT/STT can be referred to the EPA ..

      .. The same EPA that tick ‘n flicks the equally abysmal salmon farming industry.

      .. The same EPA directly responsible for allowing unsustainable development that threatens endangered species.

      I’m wondering why you expected any better?

      Please, do tell us how to bring them to account. I await with bated breath.

      • MjF

        December 20, 2018 at 11:15 am

        I can’t recall ever suggesting anti-forestry devotees convey their protestations to the EPA, Spike.

        Possibly too much Xmas cheer on your behalf ?

        • spikey

          December 20, 2018 at 12:26 pm

          My sincere apologies Mr Fitch. My limited searching failed to find my apparently false recollections. Perhaps I was confusing the industry-driven environmental vandals, the EPA, with the industry-driven environmental vandals, the FPA.

          Perhaps when the EPA is brought to account we can use the same methodology to bring the FPA to account. From my understanding they appear to have similar myopic views and similar strategies for dealing with conflicts between industry and environmental concerns.

          • MjF

            December 20, 2018 at 2:18 pm

            Given your understandings, tackle the FPA now, Spike. No point holding off. Please post outcomes.

          • spikey

            December 20, 2018 at 4:28 pm

            Thanks for the encouragement Mr Fitch, perhaps I’ll wait and see how this ‘lab/green corruption conspiracy’ pans out first.

            My understanding is that complaints to the FPA, regarding breaches of due process, were laughed at and swept under the carpet.
            I can only presume that’s why you suggested that course of action.

            It’s possible others may not share the same sense of humour.

            Some people may think a slap on the wrist for tyre dumping is outrageous.
            I’d say that was a drop in the ocean.

  4. Emmanuel Goldstein

    December 18, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Meanwhile the EPA gives the tick of approval to salmon polluters.

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