A businessman who used a leased Melbourne property to dump about 950 cubic metres of industrial waste has been fined $10,000 by a magistrate.
Ibrahim Ali Ibrahim, from Mernda, was renting skip bins to builders and landscapers and then emptying the contents on a vacant lot at Corio, where he also permitted customers to dump truckloads more waste.
In parts, the waste stockpiles measured 27 metres wide and up to 2m high, Geelong Magistrates Court was told.
Victoria's environmental watchdog ordered that Ibrahim remove the waste and clean the site by June 30, 2017, but he failed to meet the deadline and the matter progressed to court.
Ibrahim was convicted of breaching EPA laws and ordered to remove the waste and take it to approved waste depots, and provide receipts.
He was also ordered to pay $9000 to cover the EPA's legal costs.
"Illegally dumped waste can contain all manner of unknown contaminants; it is not just an eyesore, it potentially threatens contamination of the soil and nearby waterways," EPA spokeswoman Michelle Edge said on Monday, following news of the court penalty.