Bingo prosecuted by EPA over 160,000-tonne Minto waste haul

TROUBLES WITH THE LAW: Bingo's Minto Recycling plant. The Environment Protection Authority will prosecute Bingo in court.
TROUBLES WITH THE LAW: Bingo's Minto Recycling plant. The Environment Protection Authority will prosecute Bingo in court.

Waste disposal giant Bingo, which has expanded into the Illawarra over the past year, is being prosecuted in court by the Environment Protection Authority.

Minto Recycling, Bingo’s operation on the edge of Campbelltown, is accused of receiving and processing 160,000 tonnes of waste when it only has a licence for 30,000.

Minto Recycling has been given multiple penalty notices over the licence breaches, which are alleged to have happened across 2016-17. The Pembury Rd site holds an environment protection licence which in September 2017 was set at 30,000 tonnes via a consent order.

Bingo said last month that it had been “transparent” and had provided the EPA with monthly processing data.

Bingo has been making an impact in the Illawarra after it bought out the Blackwells’ Helensburgh waste business and their Wollongong Recycling facility at Kembla Grange.

The Helensburgh facility has recently been closed down. Bingo was fined $15,000 after asphalt waste was unlawfully accepted at the Helensburgh.

The Kembla Grange facility was found to have delivered 7,500 tonnes of tonnes of asbestos-contaminated material to Illawarra sites, including 3,300 tonnes to Lendlease’s Calderwood housing development.

Since this was revealed late last year, Bingo says it is working to improve processes at the Kembla Grange plant to ensure any fill it supplies is clean.