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The Environment Protection Act 1970 and the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 set out the legislative requirements for transporting prescribed industrial waste (PIW) in Victoria.
These regulations require PIW to be transported using a vehicle with an EPA permit and with a waste transport certificate accompanying the load. These wastes can only be transported to facilities with EPA approval.
Secondary beneficial reuse
In instances where PIW has a beneficial reuse opportunity, the waste producer can be exempted from the requirement to use permitted vehicles and produce waste transport certificates. Secondary beneficial reuse opportunities are subject to an EPA notification procedure.
If you would like to discuss whether your waste may be suitable for secondary beneficial reuse, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
- description of the PIW in question
- the waste producer
- the process that has generated the waste (for example, aluminium smelting)
- the waste treatment provider
- a high-level description of the waste treatment process and effect on the input PIW
- whether treatment will occur at an existing facility or will require new construction
- the waste receiver and process (the end user of the treated PIW)
- the state/territory in which the producer, treater and receiver are each situated.
EPA staff will use this information as a preliminary screening tool. If it appears your waste may be suitable for secondary beneficial reuse, you will be asked to complete a notification form.
Waste information resources
The following resources will assist with categorising prescribed industrial waste, completing waste transport certificates and finding EPA-approved facilities.
The Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 replaced both the Environment Protection (Prescribed Waste) Regulations 1998 and the Industrial Waste Management Policy (Prescribed Industrial Waste) 2000. The new regulations came into effect on 1 July 2009. Guidance to support these regulations is provided in the Industrial waste resource guidelines.
Waste transport certificates
It is the responsibility of the waste producer, transporter and receiver to ensure that a waste transport certificate is completed for each consignment of prescribed industrial waste.
There are two ways of completing waste transport certificates:
- manually, using the paper-based system.
Submitting waste transport certificates electronically has a number of benefits over the traditional paper certificate system – cutting paperwork, improving waste tracking and saving you money. Electronic certificates cost 50 cents each, compared to $5.00 each for the paper certificates.
Submitting electronic certificates
From 25 March 2013 electronic certificates can be created and submitted via the EPA Interaction Portal.
Waste producers, accredited agents and waste receivers must be registered for the Portal before being able to lodge electronic certificates. Transporters can also register to access information relevant to them.
To purchase electronic certificates please contact the Customer Service Team at EPA Victoria on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC)
Paper transport certificates
In situations where it is impractical to use the electronic system, paper ‘hard-copy’ transport certificates are available. Paper certificates cost of $250 for a book of 50 certificates.
You can purchase paper certificates from EPA Victoria.
An accredited agent is a waste transporter who is authorised to act on behalf of a waste producer for specific waste types. An accredited agent fills out parts A and B of a waste transport certificate, and can use one certificate for the collection of waste from multiple producers.
Accredited agents can lodge electronic waste transport certificates using the EPA Interaction Portal.
Movement of controlled waste from interstate to Victoria
The movement of controlled waste from interstate to Victoria is managed by the National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) for the Movement of Controlled Waste Between States and Territories.
Requirements for the movement of controlled waste from interstate to Victoria, including the necessary forms, are provided in Industrial waste resource guidelines: Movement of controlled waste into Victoria (publication IWRG831).
Movement of prescribed industrial waste from Victoria to interstate
The interstate movement of prescribed industrial waste from Victoria is managed under both:
Requirements for the movement of PIW from Victoria, including the necessary forms, are provided in the Industrial waste resource guidelines: Movement of prescribed waste from Victoria (publication IWRG832).
Temporary changes to the Regulations relating to interstate movements
On 20 December 2016, the Governor in Council approved an interim amendment to Regulation 26(3)(b) of the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009.
This interim amendment is effective until 19 July 2017 and means that EPA can now approve the interstate transport of non-liquid prescribed industrial waste if the receiving facility has equal to or better environmental performance standards than a facility that is licensed to receive the waste or exempt from the requirement to hold a licence in Victoria.
Given this amendment, any references in IWRG832 to ‘better environmental performance standards’ should be read as ‘equal to or better environmental performance standards’. EPA will not update IWRG832 unless Regulation 26(3)(b) is permanently amended.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will consult with the Victorian community and industry to inform a permanent amendment, to last until the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 sunset (expire) in 2019. It is too early to preempt what the permanent amendment will be.
For more information, please contact DELWP at email@example.com.
How we assess applications
Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Comparing the performance of deposition facilities is complex, with many competing factors to weigh up. Thus, EPA assessors make informed decisions for each application, to determine which criteria are relevant to the substance being proposed for transportation. The case studies below have been developed to help explain EPA’s assessment process.
Case study 1: Company X applies to EPA to transport soil contaminated only with asbestos. EPA assessors would compare landfill cover practices and daily cover depths, whereas some other elements such as leachate management systems may not be relevant, as per IWRG832.
Case study 2: Company Y applies to EPA to transport soil contaminated with asbestos and leachable metals. EPA assessors would compare landfill cover practices and daily cover depths, as well as landfill performance standard (liner and leachate collection systems), as per IWRG832.
For further information on applications for the transport of waste please phone 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Permit to transport prescribed industrial waste
Owners of vehicles used for the transport of prescribed industrial waste must hold an EPA permit to transport that waste, unless the following applies:
- the load is destined for a site that is exempt from the transport permit and tracking system
- the net load being transported is less than 50 kilograms or litres, and there is no fee or reward.
A permit to transport prescribed industrial waste can be obtained by lodging an application along with photographs of the vehicle and the relevant fee.
The annual return for producers of prescribed industrial waste is no longer required. This change took effect in the 2009–10 financial year.
Further information for transporting prescribed industrial waste
Driver training: A person who drives a vehicle permitted to transport prescribed industrial waste must have a driver training certificate. The Victorian Waste Management Association conducts the required training, phone 03 9646 8590
Vehicle placarding: In accordance with Schedule 4 of the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 vehicles must be placarded if a vehicle is transporting:
- prescribed industrial waste of 500 litres or kilograms or more, which can also be classified as dangerous goods under the Dangerous Goods Act
- pharmaceutical wastes, which can also be classified as class 6.1 dangerous goods under the Dangerous Goods Act
- any amount of clinical wastes or cytotoxic wastes
- non-hazardous wastes as per schedule 4 of the Regulations.
Vehicles transporting prescribed industrial waste that are classified as dangerous goods must be placarded in accordance with the Australian code for the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail, published by the National Transport Commission.
For further enquiries, please contact EPA Victoria.