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Illegal Dumping Strikeforce


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Large-scale, systemic illegal dumping is a growing problem in Victoria. EPA, as the state’s environmental regulator, is committed to working with industry, government organisations and the community to reduce illegal dumping to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all.

The State Government has committed $6.3 million over three years to support EPA’s Illegal Dumping Strikeforce program until 2018. The program focuses on reducing illegal dumping of industrial waste through intelligence gathering, compliance and enforcement, and behaviour change.

In 2015–16, the Illegal Dumping Strikeforce program is focused on:

  • stockpiling of waste tyres
  • transport of prescribed industrial waste (PIW)
  • illegal dumping of construction and demolition (C&D) wastes
  • continued compliance and enforcement action for high-risk illegal dumping sites.

EPA will also work with its co-regulators in Victoria and interstate to learn more about illegal dumping to help drive behavioural change.

Watch and learn about illegal dumping

Know where your construction and demolition waste goes

Each year, approximately 350,000 tonnes of construction and demolition (C&D) waste is illegally dumped in Victoria – that’s enough concrete, asbestos, timber and brick waste to fill 140 Olympic size swimming pools. Whether you’re a building site manager or a contractor transporting C&D waste, you have a responsibility to ensure your waste is taken to an appropriate facility or run the risk of a significant fine or a conviction in court.

Super PIW Bros

View our animation below to learn about the steps you need to follow when transporting PIW within Victoria and to other Australian states and territories. Failure to comply with PIW transport laws can lead to significant fines and loss of your transport permit. Click here for further information on transporting PIW.

Strikeforce update – March 2016

Site inspections

Inspections of prescribed industrial waste (PIW) producers and transporters are continuing throughout Victoria to ensure that the management and transportation of PIW achieves the environmental objectives of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

What will EPA inspect?

If you are inspected, EPA will, as applicable, check whether:

As set out in the Environment Protection Act 1970, all wastes should be managed in accordance with the waste hierarchy principle.

EPA will also undertake roadside inspections of PIW transport vehicles in conjunction with VicRoads and/or Victoria Police in the coming months. Failure to comply with PIW transport and management laws can lead to significant fines and/or loss of a transport permit.

Rules for managing waste

The following table identifies some key responsibilities under the Environment Protection Act and Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 for waste destined for offsite management. It is your responsibility to ensure you comply with your legal obligations. You should not assume you can avoid these by contracting to a third party.

Who Legal requirement
Producer
  • Ensure waste is assessed and categorised (Regulation 6).
  • Ensure that a permitted vehicle is used to transport PIW (Section 53B).
  • Ensure that PIW is tracked using an EPA waste transport certificate (Regulation 33).
  • Retain information under regulation 33 for 24 months from the date on which waste was transported (Regulation 35).
  • Ensure that wastes are transported to a facility licenced/approved to receive the waste (Section 53D).

Note: You must obtain an approval from EPA to transport PIW to a facility not licensed by EPA to receive the PIW – for example, an interstate facility (Regulation 26).

Transporter
  • If transporting PIW, ensure the vehicle has a current permit (Section 53A).
  • Ensure that PIW is tracked using an EPA waste transport certificate (Regulation 33).
  • Retain information under regulation 33 for 24 months from the date on which waste was transported (Regulation 35).
  • Ensure that waste, whether contaminated or not, is transported to a facility licensed to receive that waste (Section 53D and Section 27A).

Note: You must obtain an approval from EPA to transport PIW to a facility not licensed by EPA to receive the PIW – for example, an interstate facility (Regulation 26).

Receiver
  • Ensure that the site has the appropriate licences/approvals in place to operate (Section 27A).
  • Check that the waste can be received at the site (Section 27A)
  • Ensure that PIW is tracked using an EPA waste transport certificate (Regulation 33).
  • Retain information under regulation 33 for 24 months from the date on which waste was transported (Regulation 35).

Penalties for non-compliance with some of your legal requirements may exceed $750,000.

Report illegal dumping

We urge members of the public to report illegal dumping of commercial, industrial or large-scale waste by calling 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or completing EPA’s confidential online reporting form.

Page last updated on 10 Aug 2016