New EPA VIC campaign targets C&D waste dumping

New EPA VIC campaign targets C&D waste dumping

EPA Victoria (EPA VIC) is rolling out an advertising campaign in north-west Victoria as part of its focus to reduce the illegal dumping of construction and demolition (C&D) waste.

Set to run until December, the campaign supports the work of its Illegal Dumping Strikeforce Program by highlighting the costs and risks of illegally dumping materials such as bricks, timber, asbestos and contaminated soil.

EPA VIC officers will also inspect C&D worksites across the Bendigo region between 17 and 21 October as part of a new compliance program with the Victorian Building Authority, WorkSafe Victoria, Consumer Affairs Victoria and Energy Safe Victoria. Known as ‘Build Aware’, the initiative aims to increase awareness among practitioners and consumers about the importance of being compliant with building, construction, environment, plumbing and OH&S laws and regulations.

Speaking on behalf of all the agencies involved, EPA VIC CEO Nial Finegan said Build Aware was a multi-agency first for the state’s major regulators.

“By pooling resources, the program increases the number of officers able to alert other regulators about potential issues relating to non-compliance,” Mr Finegan said.

“It will highlight the importance of being compliant with building legislation, environment laws and safety regulations and the confidence that brings to consumers who wish to embark on a building project.”

More information on the compliant and responsible management of C&D waste is available on EPA VIC’s website.