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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 are provided in Movement of controlled waste into Victoria (publication IWRG831).

The application form is available on the waste transport forms page.

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 are provided in Movement of prescribed industrial waste from Victoria (publication IWRG832).

The application form is available on the waste transport forms page.

Certificate books for the interstate movement of PIW can be purchased from EPA by calling our customer service team on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).

Changes to the Regulations

From 18 July 2017, Regulation 26(3)(b) of the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 has been permanently amended, requiring that EPA can only 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. This amendment will last until the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 sunset (expire) on 30 June 2019.

Given this, IWRG832 has been changed so that ‘better environmental performance standards’ now reads ‘equal or better environmental performance standards’.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has consulted with Victorian industry to inform the permanent amendment. For more information, please contact DELWP at customer.service@delwp.vic.gov.au.

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. Two case studies 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 more information on applications for the transport of waste, phone 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or email wasteissues@epa.vic.gov.au.

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This page was copied from EPA's old website. It was last updated on 24 September 2019.

Reviewed 24 August 2020