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In most cases, occupiers of premises storing prescribed industrial waste (PIW) must obtain an EPA works approval and licence. There are severe penalties – up to 2400 penalty units (approximately $350,000) - for storing PIW without an EPA works approval and licence when they are required.
In limited circumstances, asbestos and ‘designated waste’ can be temporarily stored without an EPA works approval or licence. This allows for circumstances where, for example, it would be unreasonable to require a public utility to repeatedly transport small amounts of material to a distant licensed facility if their depot has appropriate management controls.
This webpage explains when and how this can be done.
There is no change to the requirements for transporting prescribed industrial waste – the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 require PIW to be transported in permitted vehicles and using waste transport certificates.
In most cases, the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017 require occupiers of premises storing PIW, including asbestos to obtain an EPA works approval and licence – under scheduled category A01 'PIW Management'.
In limited circumstances, the occupier does not require an EPA works approval or licence:
Occupiers of premises that are temporarily storing asbestos must also comply with occupational health and safety legislation. See the Worksafe website for details.
The key requirements are in regulation 12(1)(d) and 12(1)(d)(i) of the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017. In summary:
The key requirements are in regulation 12(1)(d) and 12(1)(d)(ii) of the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017. In summary:
Under Regulation 5, Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017, friable means that, when dry, the material (a) may be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to powder by hand pressure; or (b) as a result of a work process become such that it may be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to powder by hand pressure.
The exemption from EPA works approval and licence requirements for temporary storage sites under Regulation 12(1)(d) only applies to non-friable (bonded) asbestos.
The key requirements are in regulation 12(1)(e) of the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017. In summary:
Designated waste is defined in regulation 12(2) of the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017.
It is prescribed industrial waste, in liquid form, with the following waste code and description:
These waste codes are from Schedule 3 of the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009
The occupier should keep a record – such as a logbook – of when the material was received and removed. This should include the reference numbers of waste transport certificates.
Waste transport certificates must be retained for at least two years.
The 60-day time limit begins for each quantity of non-friable asbestos or designated waste when it enters the site. This may be monitored using the information in part A and part C of waste transport certificates.
An occupier must register the premises as a temporary storage site. This will enable waste transport certificates to be completed (as required by the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009).
You can register a temporary storage site as follows.
Contact EPA’s call centre on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).
Page last updated on 15 Jun 2017