The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has released a draft regulation, the Protection of the Environment Operations Legislation Amendment (Waste) Regulation 2017 (NSW) ('the draft Regulation'), which pertains to the management, production and use of materials recovered from construction waste. The draft regulation seeks to ensure that waste is sorted appropriately, the quality of recovered materials is maintained and health and the environment are protected.
Thethat the construction and demolition waste sector has potential to return recovered material into the economy and into the environment but there are currently minimal environmental controls and lack of efficient procedures that do not maximise the sustainable and safe recovery of resources. These risks included public health concerns such as exposure to contaminated products including asbestos waste. The draft Regulation is based on feedback from stakeholders, an industry working groups, and on draft standards developed from the input from these parties.
The changes complemented the NSW Government’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-21 and the Waste Less Recycle More Programme.
The EPA hasthat the aim of the draft Regulation is to ‘drive further resource recovery and address poor waste practices’.
The draft Regulation mainly focuses on setting standards to ensure that there is appropriate management, production and use of materials recovered from construction waste. The proposed draft Regulation amends the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW), the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (NSW) and the Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009 (NSW).
If the draft Regulation is notified, some of the further changes would be:
Public consultation is open until 5pm on 12 December 2017.
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- NSW Environmental Protection Authority.
[Draft] Protection of the Environment Operations Legislation Amendment (Waste) Regulation 2017 (NSW) and explanatory materials, as published on TimeBase LawOne.
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