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Illegal waste disposal threatens Victoria’s high standard of waste management and recycling and increases the risk to the environment. When wastes are not disposed of appropriately, using the correct disposal, reuse or recycling facilities, it also hinders development in the legitimate waste industry. Government-sponsored investment in waste management is also reduced due to lost landfill levies.
Reducing illegal waste disposal is a key goal in the Victorian Government’s Getting Full Value – The Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Policy (Department of Environment and Primary Industries). EPA’s role in meeting this key goal is through compliance and enforcement activities, behaviour change programs and sharing our knowledge and intelligence with government partners and the industry.
EPA’s illegal waste disposal program is in its early development phase. It encompasses projects targeting:
These projects will provide EPA with a better understanding of illegal waste disposal activity across the state. It will also hold those who engage in illegal waste practices to account, whilst supporting viable markets for recovery and reuse. This will be enabled through appropriate EPA regulatory tools.
If you are generating, accepting, managing or transporting quantities of commercial waste, you should take responsibility and ensure you are working within the law.
The Illegal Dumping Strike Force (IDSF) is a continuing program of strategic identification, investigation, and compliance and enforcement activities applied to the systemic and large-scale dumping of industrial wastes that is carried out to avoid the costs of legal disposal of these wastes.
Due to the systemic nature of illegal dumping across jurisdictions and the closeknit relationships within the waste industry, the program is developing relationships with other co-regulatory authorities such as WorkSafe, Victoria Police, the Australian Tax Office and New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland environment authorities. Through these relationships and our informants, EPA is building an intelligence base to identify patterns of organised, illegal activity and identifying priority targets for enforcement action.
Reducing illegal dumping in Victoria requires a balanced program of reactive compliance and enforcement, behaviour change and intelligence development. These activities are core to EPA’s IDSF program. In 2014–15 the program will be structured to deliver three key objectives:
Page last updated on 1 Sep 2014