Setting and reviewing standards

Review of the Industrial Waste Resource Regulations

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EPA is reviewing the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 (the Regulations) to minimise impacts of industrial waste on human health and the environment.

What are the Regulations?

The Regulations are an important part of Victoria’s regulatory framework for environmental protection, and expire in mid-2019. The Regulations categorise industrial wastes by risk profile to ensure that each is appropriately handled, stored, treated, transported and disposed of.

The review of the Regulations

The Victorian Government's response to the Independent Inquiry into EPA signals an intention for major reform of the Environment Protection Act 1970. The reform is likely to require changes supporting regulations such as the Industrial Waste Resource Regulations. The review of the Regulations will be closely aligned will the broader reform process to ensure consistency.

The review of the Regulations will focus on the hazard categorisation of waste so that it appropriately reflects the risks arising from the management of waste, and contemporary science. EPA is reviewing scientific understanding of the contaminants and components of waste, from its creation to disposal. This research will inform the new Regulations to ensure human health and environmental impacts of waste are minimised.

Initially, EPA will consult with relevant stakeholders about the existing regulations, which will inform the development of options to address issues and improve their operation. We will then undertake further public consultation about policy options.

What parts of the Regulations are we consulting on?

EPA is engaging with stakeholders on the following topics in the Regulations.

Categorisation framework

The current Regulations group hazardous wastes into categories A, B and C, according to the nature and level of contamination and physical properties.

Schedule 1 industrial wastes

Brick, cardboard, concrete, bitumen, commercial food waste, green waste, paper, plastic textiles and timber, as well as industrial wastewater and biosolids, are not as strictly managed as category A, B and C wastes in the current Regulations.

Liquid waste categorisation

In the current Regulations almost all liquid wastes are included in the highest-risk Category A.

Transport of prescribed industrial waste

Under the current Regulations transport certificates completed by the waste producer, transporter and receiver must include details of the waste, its source, destination and type of treatment. Specific vehicle permits and labelling are also required.

Resource recovery

The Regulations currently encourage reuse of waste materials.

How to be involved – register your interest

Targeted consultation on the content and operation of the Regulations began in April 2017. If you would like to talk to EPA about these topics please register your interest online by 16 June 2017. Alternatively, you can email waste.regulations@epa.vic.gov.au or call 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).

Page last updated on 8 Jun 2017