EPA New South Wales will undergo an independent review of its Resource Recovery Framework to ensure the best possible protections are in place for the health of communities and the environment.
The Resource Recovery Framework aims to divert materials derived from waste away from landfill and back into the environment.
The review is being led by Dr Cathy Wilkinson, the former head of the Victorian EPA, and current Professor of Practice at Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University.
The review will examine how the existing framework works in a practical sense, and whether it is effective and fit for purpose.
It will capture the definition of waste and waste classifications, ensure regulatory tools such as orders and exemptions maintain the strongest protections for community and environment health, support circular economy investment and innovation.
Initial consultation with stakeholders, including local government, waste groups, industry, and business, is already under way.
The review, which is expected to be completed in 2022, will inform the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 as part of the broader RRF initiative to transition to a circular economy and minimise waste.