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Vic recycler told to stop accepting waste

By AAP Newswire

Another recycling company in Melbourne has been ordered to stop accepting waste until its stockpiles comply with law.

Glass Recovery Services in Coolaroo, has been served an Environment Protection Authority Victoria notice to cease accepting combustible recyclable waste, until its stockpiles comply with state waste management policy.

The company, which recycles glass, holds an EPA licence and was the site of two recent fires. The EPA has required GSR to continue investigating for any hotspots.

The company is also being investigated for failing to comply with a notice issued earlier this year requiring removal of combustible waste.

GSR will not be able to receive further combustible waste until the EPA is satisfied its stockpiles no longer pose a fire risk.

Meanwhile, a WorkSafe-led taskforce removing illegally stored waste chemicals from warehouses in the northern suburbs will expand operations to clean up another four sites uncovered last month.

The three sites in Craigieburn and one in Campbellfield are now being watched by 24-hour security and the clean-up is expected to take months.

The quantity of waste chemicals being stored is unknown but the factories are capable of storing up to 11 million litres.

Authorities say they are being stored in a similar way to those at eight sites discovered earlier in Epping and Campbellfield last December.

The sites are being air monitored and have spill containment measures in place.

The occupier of the four sites was issued with directions to make them safe when they were uncovered.

A taskforce, involving EPA, fire services, police and local councils, has been working to ensure neighbouring buildings have plans in place for any emergencies.

The state government announced on Monday chemical waste in Victoria will be GPS tracked to keep a tighter control on the sector after several toxic and long-burning warehouse fires.

Earlier this month, a fire started at Bradbury Industrial Services Pty at Campbellfield, sending toxic smoke plumes across suburbs and injuring a worker.