Factory fires, illegal storage of chemicals and recycling plant closures

Hume City Council is calling for community support after a spate of incidents – including the stockpiling of illegal chemicals, factory fires and the closure of multiple recycling facilities – to demand changes within the waste industry.

As part of the Inquiry into Recycling and Waste Management, the Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee is inviting community members to speak about their experience and the impact it had on them of these or similar incidents.

If you wish to speak with the Committee register your interest either by emailing recyclinginquiry@parliament.vic.gov.au or phoning 8682 2869.

The video below shows how important this is to our community. 

Council has also written to the Victorian Government, in the strongest of terms, to state its concern and frustration that operators in our municipality continue to flout the law and compromise our legitimate businesses and community safety.

The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office report, Recovering and Reprocessing Resources from Waste echoes Council’s concerns and gives a scathing insight into waste management in Victoria, identifying significant gaps in plans, strategies, policies and regulation.  

Council wants the government to use part of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) landfill levy to better resource WorkSafe and EPA, giving them increased power to police the industry and better protect the community.

Council understands that there are consequences on our community and local businesses as a result of the illegal stockpiling of chemicals, factory fires and the closure of multiple recycling facilities.

Background video coverage supplied courtesy of Seven Network. All rights reserved. ©

Hume City Council acknowledges The Age for print coverage of the events.

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Updated : 1:46 PM, 16 July 2019

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EPA closed SKM Recycling Plant
Laverton
         
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  23 May 2019
Fire
Campbellfield
         
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  15 April 2019
EPA closed Glass Recovery Services
Coolaroo
         
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  12 April 2019
Fire
Coolaroo
         
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  5 April 2019
Fire
Campbellfield
         
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  29 March 2019
Fire
Coolaroo
         
toxic barrel drum.png       15 March 2019
Illegal chemical storage 
Craigieburn
         
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  February 2019
EPA closed SKM Recycling plant
Laverton and Geelong
         
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  14 February 2019
EPA closed SKM Recycling plant
Coolaroo
         
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  20 January 2019
Fire
Campbellfield
         
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  3 January 2019
Illegal chemical storage 
Campbellfield   
         
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  28 December 2018
Illegal chemical storage
Epping and Campbellfield  
         
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  25 September 2018
Fire
Campbellfield 
         
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  7 July 2018
Fire
Coolaroo
         
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  2 June 2018
Fire
Campbellfield
         
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  24 April 2018
Fire
Somerton
         
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  13 July 2017
Fire
Coolaroo
         
Fire Flame Icon Black.png       11 January 2016
Fire
Broadmeadows  
       
Fire Flame Icon Black.png        20 July 2015
Fire
Somerton