Waste licensing and levy changes in effect from this Saturday 1 August 2015
New measures to further modernise the NSW waste industry and ensure a level playing field for legitimate operators will come into effect from 1 August 2015. The changes include an expansion of the waste licensing and levy systems, stemming from the review of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014.
The Waste Regulation is designed to ensure all waste managers meet minimum performance requirements across the areas of waste storage, processing and transport, and protection of the environment and human health. The changes also include requirements to weigh waste accurately, keep minimum records and report to the EPA.
From 1 August, the EPA licensing thresholds for waste processing facilities, including for tyres, will be lowered, and a waste levy liability will apply at most licenced recycling facilities. The waste levy liability will be extinguished when the waste leaves the site for lawful use or disposal.
These measures will help to ensure that waste is legitimately moved on to its end use in a timely way, whether to recycling or landfill, and strengthen the EPA’s oversight of waste management and movement.
The Waste Levy Guidelines have also been updated, and now apply to all levy liable facilities (including landfills and resource recovery facilities)
Information about the 1 August changes is available on the EPA website http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wasteregulation/wastechanges.htm
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