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Industrial waste from your business can harm the environment if you don't manage it the right way.

EPA sets out laws about managing industrial waste in the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009. These Regulations say you should prevent, reuse and recycle industrial waste when possible. You must dispose of industrial waste safely.

The industrial waste guidelines are referred to in the Regulations.

General industrial waste 

We give businesses guidance on:

  • waste tyres
  • fires at recycling and waste facilities
  • bushfire waste
  • plastic resin pellets (nurdles)
  • glass processing 
  • operating composting facilities
  • how to recover energy from waste
  • product stewardship schemes to help prevent products like used packaging going to landfill.

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Learn about waste 

Dangerous goods

Energy from waste


Storing waste tyres

Glass reprocessing

Combustible recyclable and waste materials (CRWM)

Composting: for operators

Plastic resin pellets (nurdles)

Bushfire waste disposal

Used packaging materials

Product stewardship

Prescribed industrial waste

We call hazardous waste 'prescribed industrial waste' (PIW) in Victoria's environment protection laws. This is waste that could be dangerous to people and the environment.

Examples of PIW include:

  • asbestos
  • drilling mud
  • clinical and medical waste
  • unprocessed used cooking fats and oils.

Use our PIW classifications to find out how to manage your business's hazardous waste.

Transporting prescribed industrial waste guidance

PIW has special requirements for how it is transported and disposed of. Our PIW transport guidance includes information on:

  • waste transportation
  • waste transport certificates  
  • waste codes.

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How to manage asbestos waste

Landfills that accept asbestos in Victoria

Medical and clinical waste

More about industrial waste

Reviewed 31 July 2020