Amendments to the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 took effect from 7 December 2016. These amendments aim to give industry more clarity and increase the correct use of beneficial reuse tools. For more information see Reuse of PIW – direct and secondary beneficial reuse (publication 1641).

In instances where prescribed industrial waste (PIW) has a beneficial reuse opportunity, the waste producer can be exempted from the requirement to use permitted vehicles and produce waste transport certificates. Secondary beneficial reuse opportunities are subject to an EPA notification procedure.

If you would like to discuss whether your waste may be suitable for secondary beneficial reuse, please email the Permitting team at and include:

  • description of the PIW in question
  • the waste producer
  • the process that has generated the waste (for example, aluminium smelting)
  • the waste treatment provider
  • a high-level description of the waste treatment process and effect on the input PIW
  • whether treatment will occur at an existing facility or will require new construction
  • the waste receiver and process (the end user of the treated PIW)
  • the state/territory in which the producer, treater and receiver are each situated.

EPA staff will use this information as a preliminary screening tool. If it appears your waste may be suitable for secondary beneficial reuse, you will be asked to complete a notification form.

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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