Vic waste company shutdown amid clean-up

Callum Godde

A toxic waste disposal company has been told to clean up its act after being shut down by Victoria's environmental watchdog for breaching regulations.

Bradbury Industrial Services in Melbourne's north have had their licence suspended over several compliance issues, the Environment Protection Authority announced on Thursday.

The company was found to be stockpiling an unlicensed quantity of waste material during an EPA inspection on March 13.

The EPA also found storage containers weren't adequately labelled and were being handled outside the designated area designed to restrict potential spills.

"The community has a right to expect that the management of hazardous and industrial waste is done to a high standard that meets regulations," EPA CEO Cathy Wilkinson said.

"This was not the case with Bradbury and is why EPA has taken this important decision."

Ms Wilkinson said Bradbury's licence would be reinstated once the EPA is satisfied they've taken the "necessary steps" to meet regulations.

AAP contacted Bradbury but they declined to comment.

The business shutdown comes as authorities continue to clean up a major stockpile of hazardous and flammable chemicals in the area.

Eight warehouse in Campbellfield and neighbouring Epping are now estimated to hold 19 million litres of toxic waste, more than originally thought.

About 800,000 litres of the waste has been removed since the operation started in early February, according WorkSafe Victoria's latest update on Tuesday.

The stockpile was uncovered on December 28, following multi-agency investigations into August's toxic West Footscray factory fire.