EPA VIC publishes updated waste guidelines

A landfill site full of waste product
EPA Victoria  (EPA VIC) has published draft updated guidelines on two areas of note for waste management operators and those in resource recovery.

On 4 April, the organisation launched ‘Publication 1619’, a draft update to the existing ‘1323.2 Landfill Licensing’ guideline.

As part of the 2015/2016 EPA VIC review of landfill licences, landfill conditions have been updated and new conditions have been developed. This document provides guidance on how to understand these new conditions and provides examples to licence holders of how compliance can be achieved. It also provides revised guidance to landfill operators and environmental auditors on gaining EPA approval for construction of new landfill cells and leachate ponds at existing landfills.

EPA VIC also made available for public comment its ‘Proposed amendments to beneficial reuse provisions in the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009’ on 31 March. There are three documents under this section, Publications 1614, 1615 and 1616.

The regulations aim to ensure an efficient, robust and safe process for the management of prescribed industrial waste (PIW) streams while simplifying regulatory controls when a PIW can be used as a resource.

EPA VIC proposes to amend the rules to: clarify the beneficial reuse provisions and embed the waste codes directly into the regulations.

Submissions can be made to guidelines@epa.vic.gov.au by 5.00 pm on 12 May.

EPA VIC will also hold an information session on Tuesday 19 April at 200 Victoria Street, Carlton. Those interested in attending are requested to book their place.

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