Vic recycler fined over illegal dumping


A Victorian recycling company and its directors have been ordered to cough up more than $24,000 for the illegal dumping of industrial waste.

Hopley Recycling, and Kenneth and Justin Hopley, were ordered pay $17,000 in costs and a $7,500 fine after the directors pleaded guilty in a Bendigo court to 17 charges each relating to the illegal dumping in 2014, Victoria's Environmental Protection Authority said on Tuesday.

The directors were also placed on 12-month good behaviour bonds.

The EPA said the waste was stockpiled at multiple sites at White Hills, just outside Bendigo, and came from buildings being demolished.

"Many truckloads were deposited illegally at sites that did not have the required permits to receive the waste," EPA spokesman Danny Childs said.

"EPA Clean Up Notices and efforts to bring the company into line were ignored so the action taken against Hopley and its directors is completely appropriate."

The EPA also fined Hopley $7,000 in April after reports to the authority's pollution hotline.