EPA Victoria finds 3000 tonnes of soft plastic in warehouses

by Benay Ozdemir
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The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in Victoria has found 3000 tonnes of soft plastics following an investigation into the suspended REDcycle program. 

Collection points from supermarket giants, Coles and Woolworths were closed after the announcement in November. It came after REDcycle announced it could no longer offload the material it was collecting.  

The EPA said that the soft plastics were being stored in warehouses among the city’s northern and western suburbs with much of it believed to have come from interstate. 

The warehouses were located in Williamstown North, Truganina, Tottenham, West Footscray, Campbellfield and Tullamarine, with another potential site storing the soft plastics believed to be in Wodonga’s west but is yet to be investigated. 

EPA chief executive Kee Miezis says the body was working to ensure steps to mitigate fire risk were in place across all the sites. 

“Our officers are out inspecting sites today and we’ll continue to work hard – using our stronger regulatory powers — until we’re certain we’ve found every site in Victoria.”

“We will not allow unacceptable risks to Victoria’s community or environment from pollution or waste,” he adds. 

“Although the operators of REDcycle did tell us about some of the sites, intelligence from logistics companies and others is assisting EPA’s investigations.

“If you have any of these soft plastic wastes at your warehouse, we need to know.”

In a statement released by REDcycle, it was announced that it would be assisting the EPA with its investigations. 

“We have been and will continue to work closely with and fully support the work of the EPA,” it said.

“Our top priority is working to find solutions to convert this material into a desirable and needed resource for the greater good.”

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