An independent review of the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority resource’s recovery framework is now underway, with stakeholders being invited to provide feedback until 22 April 2022.
The resource recovery framework helps create opportunities for beneficial resource recovery and diverts material from landfill, while minimising the risks to the community and preventing harm to the environment.
The framework sets regulatory requirements that apply, or don’t apply, when waste is recovered and reused in the circular economy. The review will examine how the Framework works, so it can be effective and fit for purpose.
The objectives of the Review are to examine the existing NSW waste and resource recovery framework and provide formal recommendations on a number of aspects.
These include how well the framework prevents the inappropriate use of waste, how it achieves beneficial resource recovery and facilitates circular economy outcomes and the framework’s transparency, clarity and enforceability.
EPA Executive Director Regulatory Policy and Advice Nancy Chang said the Review is being led by Dr Cathy Wilkinson from Monash University.
“The Review will consider the definition of waste and waste classifications, it will ensure that regulatory tools such as orders and exemptions provide strong protections for community and environment health, support circular economy investment and innovation,” Chang said.
Discussions with stakeholders such as local government, waste groups, industry and business helped to inform the issues paper which now open for consultation.
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