EPA reviews waste regulation

Wednesday, 30 July, 2008


The South Australian EPA is reviewing the way it regulates the waste industry in response to the increase in resource recovery and re-use.

The review means the EPA is expanding its focus beyond simple waste disposal to develop a framework for dealing with applications for re-use projects.

The EPA will review its regulatory framework by articulating clear guiding principles for the waste and resource recovery industry, clarifying the objectives for licensing and regulation, and developing guidelines on waste-derived materials.

A concurrent legislative review will also be conducted that focuses on:

  • the development of a waste to resources Environment Protection Policy;
  • a review of Schedule 1 (prescribed activities of environmental significance);
  • a review of the EPA compliance and enforcement guidelines.

The new framework intends to provide industry with clearer guidance, making it easier for industry to meet its environmental obligations.

A key principle which will underpin any regulatory changes will be a framework that encourages all sectors of the industry to work towards the sustainable use of resources.

“Waste and pollution are often the result of unsustainable and inefficient use of resources, so it’s reassuring to see an industry taking a lead in trying to find ways to re-use and recycle. The benefits aren’t just environmental; they can provide an economic boost to the industry as well as through developing new projects and new markets," EPA deputy chief executive Tony Circelli said.

 

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