Property developers, construction companies, sub-contractors and earthmovers have obligations as occupiers of sites to manage their waste materials, including soils being generated from the development and construction or demolition project. It’s against the law to illegally dump or dispose of waste.
If you are a soil cartage company, skip bin operator or truck driver hauling construction waste you are considered to be a transporter of waste. You can be guilty of an offence if the material is not delivered to an appropriate facility that can accept this material.
Wastes that often end up being dumped or illegally disposed of include:
- fill material
Asbestos can be found on a construction site in forms including cement pipes, pits, conduits, insulation coating on pipelines and underground tanks, or as fragments in the soil from past uses, and must be managed appropriately.
How to legally manage waste materials
EPA has produced a series of industrial waste fact sheets (publication 1624) to provide advice on the roles and responsibilities to managers of fill sites, generators of fill material and industrial waste and transporters.
WorkSafe also provides information on how to manage contaminated sites during construction or rehabilitation projects.
Why landfill levies are important to the construction and demolition sector
As a sector, the construction and demolition industry generates some of the highest volumes of waste material in Victoria. It also has some of the highest potential for reuse and recycling of this material. For example, around two million tonnes of recycled crushed concrete is reused annually, for example in road and other infrastructure projects.
One of the key purposes of the landfill levy is to provide additional and ongoing funding to support efforts by government, industry and the community to reduce waste. Landfill levies create an incentive for waste generators to investigate ways to reduce the amount of waste they generate and dispose of to landfill.
Reviewed 5 October 2021