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Air quality is important to the health and wellbeing of all Victorians. Most air pollution comes from industry, motor vehicles and domestic wood burning.
Human health and wellbeing relies on the quality of our environment every day.
Many industrial activities require works approvals and licences from EPA.
EPA helps protect Victorians’ health from potential environmental hazards.
EPA periodically reviews environmental policy and regulation.
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EPA welcomes the recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into EPA.
EPA works with the community, businesses and other organisations to protect the environment.
EPA recognises staff who are leaders in the areas of air quality, inland water, marine water, waste, landfill, land and groundwater, and odour.
The process to submit complaints about the conduct of an EPA authorised officer.
How we manage and measure waste is of extreme importance to EPA — whether it is increasing the integrity of the waste data we receive, educating staff on avoiding, reducing and recycling waste, or working with our waste management providers to continually improve their services.
Some of the achievements we have made in the last five years include:
To further improve the quality of the waste data that EPA collects, the external waste and contamination audits were increased from yearly to quarterly at EPA’s two biggest sites, head office and Macleod. This not only helps improve the accuracy of the data by averaging four sets of data as opposed to one, but also allows us to communicate these results more frequently to staff, to encourage behaviour change.
Whilst we are always looking to improve the ways we can avoid waste generation at EPA altogether, EPA has a target to increase the rate of recycling to 85% of all waste generated and decrease the amount of waste going to landfill. With clear signage on bins and consistent messaging across all offices, EPA's current overall rate of recycling is 81.5% based on regular professional waste audits that are undertaken at all EPA sites. EPA reduced the waste generated per full-time employee (FTE) by 10% between 2011-12 and 2013. This is largely due to successful waste education for staff that took place over this time.
EPA has also achieved a 4.5 star certified NABERS waste rating for its waste management performance at head office. On a scale from 0 to 5, 4.5 stars is close to Australian best practice and jointly the highest tenancy rating in Australia.
EPA's main waste goal in coming years is to work on waste avoidance and reduce the overall waste produced per staff by implementing projects such as:
Page last updated on 6 Mar 2014