G&B Lawyers Partner Kim Glassborow hosted the annual Women of Waste Leadership Breakfast organised by the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) last Wednesday morning.
With 100 attendees at Kirribilli Club enjoying an early breakfast, we heard from the Acting Chair / CEO of the NSW EPA, Anissa Levy, CEO of Envirobank Recycling, Narelle Anderson and Partner from Sphere Infrastructure, Kate Dryden.
It was an inspiring morning and we thank everyone again for making this event a great success in 2018.
Women make great leaders in this essential industry of waste management and resource recovery.
The Royal Commission is the gift that keeps on giving. It is unbelievable that people who have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of clients decide that it is ok to steal a dead person's money. That's a crime. Clear and simple.
People need to be held accountable and charged with criminal offences for theft as well as breach of trustee and fiduciary duties.
Ministerial Statement from NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton
The sentencing of convicted repeat waste transporter Dib Hanna sends a strong message that illegal dumping of waste will not be tolerated.
Mr Hanna pled guilty to each of five charges against him.
It is the first time the Land & Environment Court has been asked to consider jailing a “repeat waste offender” under tough new anti-dumping legislation introduced by the NSW Government in 2014.
It is an appropriate sentence for Mr Hanna, who took advantage of innocent people for his own financial benefit.
Illegal dumping, especially of asbestos waste, is a serious environmental crime and NSW has tough laws to prevent it.
Today’s result will serve as an important warning to those thinking of breaking the law.
Any behavior that flagrantly puts the health of the community and the environment at risk will not be tolerated.
Landowners should always be extremely cautious when accepting topsoil and be on the lookout for dodgy operators.
The simple message is: check that the soil you’re receiving is clean and comes from a reputable supplier.
Contact the EPA on its 24 hour alert line 131 555 if you have any doubts about the company making the offer.
This is also the best way you can report any illegal dumping.
Dib Hanna pled guilty to one charge of illegal transport of waste and four counts of illegal dumping of waste including;
In October-November 2015 for illegal dumping at East Kurrajong
In December 2015 for illegal dumping at Llandilo
In November - December 2015 for illegal dumping at Wallacia
In December 2015 - January 2016 for illegal dumping at East Kurrajong
The Land and Environment Court has sentenced Dib Hanna to three years’ imprisonment. He has also been ordered to clean up the dumped waste, to publish details of the offence and to pay the EPA’s legal costs.
Mr Hanna has a non-parole period of 2 years and 3 months, ie, the earliest he can be released is 16 July 2020 as the sentence was backdated to 17 April 2017.
In late 2016, the NSW EPA prosecuted Mr Hanna for the illegal transport and dumping of waste, including asbestos, on private properties in western Sydney in 2015 and 2016. Each charge carried a maximum penalty of $250,000 and/or two years’ imprisonment.
In an exhaustive pursuit, the NSW EPA worked with the Police to have him arrested in Victoria and extradited to NSW after he failed to appear in Court to answer the charges. This is the first time a person has been extradited in relation to environmental offences.
The Court heard that Mr Hanna had advertised free clean top soil, clay, crushed bitumen and shale and the use of an excavation machine to various Sydney residents via a letterbox drop.
Upon being contacted by innocent residents interested in receiving the free material, between October 2015 and January 2016 he instructed truck drivers to transport and deposit 461m3 (461,000kg) of waste, including asbestos waste, at residential properties in East Kurrajong, Llandilo and Wallacia.
Management Association of Australia (WMAA) today welcomes the Queensland
Palaszczuk’s Government confirmation that the landfill levy will be
reintroduced in early 2019 as part of the improved approach to the management
of waste and resource recovery in Queensland.
recognises that there is a lot of work to be done in ensuring that both the
Queensland policy and the levy are successfully implemented. We look forward to
working closely with Government in developing the detail of how both the policy
Queensland government has a great opportunity to develop a robust and dynamic
resource recovery industry in the next five years, and create the jobs and
investment that is required if it creates the correct policy and legislative
settings required. This means that it needs to ensure that industry has
certainty in both planning and regulation and the current impediments to doing
business well in Queensland are removed.
ultimate goal of WMAA is to achieve sustainable and environmentally sensitive
waste management across the entire industry,” said CEO Gayle Sloan. “And to
ensure a level playing field for all organisations, and for the betterment of
the services provided to the public.” WMAA
welcomes the Queensland government’s commitment to creating a circular economy
within Australia by encouraging redesign, reduction, reuse, recycling, and
manufacturing. The last piece of the puzzle is a harmonised approach to create
a circular economy in Australia, wherein we can develop onshore local markets and
create local employment (for every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, more than
9.2 jobs are created).
G&B Lawyers is delighted to announce the appointment Kim Glassborow to the National Board of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), the national peak body for the waste and resource recovery industry.