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