Newcastle councillor Allan "Robbo" Robinson fined by EPA over load of asbestos waste

PENALTY: Newcastle councillor Allan "Robbo" Robinson has been slapped with a $750 fine for failing to report the transport of a load of asbestos waste. Picture: Ryan Osland
PENALTY: Newcastle councillor Allan "Robbo" Robinson has been slapped with a $750 fine for failing to report the transport of a load of asbestos waste. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle councillor Allan “Robbo” Robinson has been slapped with a $750 fine for failing to report the transport of a load of asbestos waste. 

In early October, Cr Robinson used a private vehicle to transport 640 kilograms of asbestos waste from a demolition site in Elermore Vale to a Raymond Terrace landfill. 

The NSW Environment Protection Authority fined Cr Robinson for failing to register the trip in its WasteLocate system, which allows for the tracking of waste disposal that poses a potential risk to the community. 

Any load weighing more than 100 kilograms or consisting of more than 10 square metres of asbestos sheeting must be reported under requirements in NSW. 

Cr Robinson was reminded of his reporting obligations in February and March. 

It’s not the first time he’s had a brush with authorities over the practices of his demolition business. In October last year, Cr Robinson was fined for illegally dumping and burning building demolition waste on a property at Louth Park. 

The EPA’s manager of regional waste compliance, Cate Woods, said the latest incident was a timely reminder that there were penalties for flouting the rules. 

“Any person, including householders or small business operators, who generate asbestos waste above the threshold, should ensure that the person transporting the waste registers the load on WasteLocate,” Ms Woods said.

The maximum penalty for failing to register a consignment with WasteLocate for a company is $22,000 and $11,000 for an individual.