What is changing and why

Changes to some licences and permits are happening now to prepare for the new environment protection laws. This will allow businesses to use Waste Tracker from 1 July 2021.

These changes involve existing industrial waste activities and associated waste codes. Some waste codes and waste descriptions in Waste Codes (publication IWRG822) are changing under the new Environment Protection Act 2017 (the Act). See a full list of the waste codes in Schedule 5 – Waste Classification of the Environment Protection Regulations 2021 (the Regulations).

While some waste codes have gone, waste transported or received under those old codes are now under new waste codes. Other waste codes are being split into some more specific waste types. For example, A100 is being transitioned to A100, A110 and A130.

To find out how EPA has transitioned existing waste codes, see Waste code transition to Environment Protection Regulations 2021 (publication 1967).

Transitioning permits for transporting prescribed waste or prescribed industrial waste

Existing permits to transport prescribed waste or prescribed industrial waste, section 53F of the Environment Protection Act 1970, are transitioning. This is if you do not have the waste codes B100, E100, G100 or R100 attached to your current permit. Here, your current permit will be transitioned to an A10b registration (Reportable priority waste (transport)—other) under the Regulations.

When will these changes occur

Section 472 of the Act allows the EPA to initiate changes to permissions that are transitioning under the new legislation.

Here’s the timeline and the process EPA is taking:

  • 1 March 2021 - email to all current permission holders outlining the transition approach and timeline
  • 22 April 2021 - current waste licence and permit holders receive proposed notice of amendment
  • 1 July 2021 - current waste licence and permit holders receive final notices of amendment.

How we’re tracking

In March, EPA contacted all current licence and permit holders asking many of you to verify your waste codes. This is if you are transitioning to one of the following waste permissions:

  • licences transitioning to operating licences with the prescribed activity A01 (reportable priority waste management)
  • licences transitioning to operating licences with the prescribed activity A05a (landfills—excluding municipal landfills servicing <5000 people)
  • licences transitioning to operating licences with the prescribed activity A07a (organic waste processing—large)
  • licences transitioning to operating licences with the prescribed activity G05 (container washing)
  • waste transport permits transitioning to waste transport permits for the prescribed activity A10a (reportable priority waste (transport)—high risk)
  • waste transport permits transitioning to waste transport registrations for the prescribed activity A10b (reportable priority waste (transport)—other).

Licence and permit holders who currently have waste codes attached to their permissions were sent a proposed notice of amendment on 22 April 2021. This proposed notice of amendment will outline the changes for these licences and permits on 1 July 2021.

After 1 July 2021, for any new industrial waste permissions or additional new waste codes, not currently attached to an existing permission, you’ll need to apply. This is the same situation if you’re adding new waste codes to your permission now. You can submit your application through the EPA portal.

Reviewing your proposed notice of amendment

If you have received a proposed notice of amendment, please review the following details to make sure your licence or permit is transitioned correctly:

  • the business that holds the permission (licence or permit) is correct
  • location of the activity is correct (only applicable to licence holders)
  • permission identification number is correct
  • new waste codes for your permission adequately replace the current ones.

What you need to do if something’s inaccurate or incorrect

Inaccuracies in the transitioning of current waste codes to new waste codes may impact your ability to operate your business. Therefore, you should confirm that the waste codes in the proposed notice are correct. You should also advise EPA of any missing waste codes. If you don’t let us know, your future permission won’t accurately reflect what waste type you can accept or transport.

Missing or incorrect waste codes will impact your ability to legally transport or accept that waste type. Please contact EPA within 10 business days, after you receive the proposed notice of amendment, to correct any inaccuracies.

If any of your details are inaccurate or incorrect, please notify EPA at contact@epa.vic.gov.au by close of business Thursday 6 May 2021. If you have any further queries, call EPA contact centre on 1300 372 842.

Note: New waste transport permissions will include only reportable priority waste codes. This is whether the permission is for the transport of high-risk reportable priority waste (A10a) or reportable priority waste (other) (A10b). For example, K200 is no longer included on a waste transport permission as it’s a priority waste and not a reportable priority waste. 

Reviewed 4 May 2021