NWRIC State Associations update: March

National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) State Affiliates provide a detailed overview of industry and policy changes across the country.

NWRIC is the national industry body for commercial waste and recycling operators Australia wide.

It brings together national businesses and affiliated state associations to develop and promote policies and actions to advance waste management and resource recovery in Australia – ensuring a fair, safe and sustainable industry that serves all Australians.

NWRIC state affiliates include the Waste Recycling Industry Queensland (WRIQ), the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW & ACT (WCRA), the Victorian Waste Management Association (VWMA), the Waste Recycling Industry of South Australia (WRISA), the Waste Recycling Industry of Western Australia (WRIWA) and the Waste Recycling Industry Northern Territory (WRINT).

WCRA – ACT & New South Wales

ACT Members meet with ACT NoWaste 

In March, WCRA ACT group members met at the Suez office in Queanbeyan. Members heard from ACT NoWaste staff in relation to the signing of a National Partnership Agreement between the ACT and Commonwealth Governments to co-fund a major upgrade program at the ACT MRF to meet the requirements of the Commonwealth licencing regulations to export specific recycled material streams.

The group was also advised the ACT container deposit scheme achieved a 50 per cent redemption rate in the second year, comprising 30 per cent redemptions through the ACT CDS network of collection points and 20 per cent redemptions through the Hume Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

NSW Members Breakfast Briefing with the Chair of the NSW EPA

On 9th March 2021, 96 Members of WCRA attended a breakfast briefing at Lidcombe to hear from Rayne de Gruchy, Chair of the Board, NSW EPA where she delivered a presentation to industry on the objectives of the NSW EPA.

De Gruchy emphasised the importance of EPA and industry working together to achieve better resource recovery outcomes for NSW.

In welcoming EPA to the briefing, Tony Khoury, Executive Director of WCRA stated that one of the challenges faced by industry was dealing with increased regulations that have resulted in more complexity and higher compliance costs.

Khoury further emphasised, that the future of our industry & the required infrastructure, is highly dependent on NSW’s 20 Year Waste Strategy, which has now been further delayed until May 2021.

A number of industry presentations were also delivered including WCRA Executive Member, Ms Ros Dent from Bingo.

Dent highlighted how the EPA can assist industry with more consistency in approval, licence and permit requirements.

“There needs to be a greater commitment to the process of applications in a more timely manner”, she stated.

She also flagged that the EPA needs to provide industry with a better understanding of EPA requirements, to ensure improved and better-informed applications.  In closing she also added that “we need to stop talking about mandating recycle content and do something”.

Brent Lawson, Concrete Recyclers, also presented stating that one of the challenges that the EPA and industry face is trust.

One of the ways to build a better relationship and trust between industry and the EPA, is for industry to be part of the training of EPA officers.

Lawson also stated that the biggest challenge or impediment for C&D waste recyclers over the past 20 years has been non friable asbestos or fibro as its commonly known.

“It can be found in waste that comes to our facilities in very small amounts, he said.

“The current regulations make the recycler 100 per cent responsible with directors’ liabilities if asbestos/fibro is found at the facilities or in recycled products, this needs to change”, he added.

Richard Kirkman, Veolia Environmental Services, advised the EPA that industry can do without a new waste levy on something we want to encourage i.e., energy recovery from non-recyclables.

“There should be no waste levy on waste to energy inputs (and if there is, industry just will not build waste to energy plants in NSW). We require a regulatory environment where business can achieve an acceptable rate of return on its investment”, stated Kirkman.

A final presentation was also delivered by another WCRA Executive Member, David Clancy, Cleanaway, who stated that the role of the NSW EPA is to provide clarity, leadership and structure to the waste management sector.

He went on to detail that EPA needs to better engage with Councils and Industry and listen and respect the challenges we face and participate in discussions for potential solutions.

Clancy stated, “EPA needs to acknowledge that industry is an investor and enabler for better environmental outcomes”.

In closing Khoury articulated WCRA’s position for all regulators as being:

  • we want a level commercial playing field
  • regulations should provide certainty
  • we should be consulted with and listened to
  • waste including recyclables should be managed in a safe, sustainable & environmentally sound manner
  • regulations and proper practices need to be enforced by all regulators including the EPA, DPIE, RMS, NHVR, Police, ATO, SafeWork NSW, Councils, Health, etc.

WRINT – Northern Territory

WRINT Members to meet with Federal Minister Trevor Evans 

WRINT will host an online meeting with the Federal Minister Trevor Evans MP responsible for Waste Reduction and Recycling on Friday April 23.

The online discussion provides an important opportunity for WRINT members and stakeholders to share directly with the Minister the key issues and opportunities they see as being important in the context of remote and regional challenges related to waste and recycling.

NT Intrastate Waste Tracking System update

The NT EPA will be expanding its new online registration system of tracking listed wastes to include an intrastate register. The following information has been provided by the department.

Stage one – interstate tracking applies to all those licensees transporting waste interstate.

From January 2021 to 31 March 202 either electronic waste tracking certificates generated via the NT Online Waste Tracking System or paper waste tracking certificates will be accepted.

However, from 1 April 2021, only waste transport certificates generated in the Online System will be accepted. This requirement remains unchanged. Please remember to submit any outstanding paper tracking certificates and receipt of deliveries.

Stage two – intrastate tracking to all other licensees who are transporting waste within the NT.

Roll out of intrastate tracking will commence on 1 April 2021 and be phased in over a period of three months. The system is still in development and currently considered too premature to commence a territory wide roll out at this point.

The Department continues to work closely with all its stakeholders on ensuring the system meets all expectations and thus will now be delivered later this year.

For any enquiries please contact Rick Ralph ceo@wrint.com.au.

VWMA – Victoria

VWMA Annual Conference 20 April

Waste recycling industry leaders are offered the opportunity converge, learn, network and ultimately shape the future of the industry at the Victorian Waste Management Association (VWMA) Annual Conference on Tuesday, 20 April at Leonda.

The one-day summit will offer waste recycling operators with essential and exclusive information on new regulatory requirements, stimulus opportunities and technologies to make business more efficient.

Delegates will hear from the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, key regulators, industry experts and leading technology providers.

“The VWMA annual conference is designed as a one-day summit providing industry executives with all the information they need to thrive in a new marketplace,” VWMA Executive Officer Alex Serpo said.

“The program will provide leaders with essential compliance information in a rapidly changing market, offer stimulus opportunities and provide market insights.”

The Conference has been divided into four parts with sessions devoted to updates from industry leaders, industry reform, compliance and innovation.

CEOs, senior leaders and executives from EPA Victoria, Sustainability Victoria, DELWP, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and WorkSafe Victoria will address delegates on these important topics, providing timely information and advice to assist waste and recycling businesses through this period of transformation.

“In addition, the conference is an opportunity to network with fellow industry leaders. The main proceedings will be followed by a relaxing dinner in the Leonda ballroom by the river, with entertainment.”

“In a changing and evolving marketing, the VWMA Annual is the key opportunity in 2021 for the Victorian industry to coverage to learn, connect and solve problem together.”

For more information about the conference and to register go to VWMA’s website.

WRIQ – Queensland

ABRI | Webinars available for WRIQ members

The purpose of this session is to provide practical guidance on safe mixed loads for battery transport and will include items on storage.

Webinars take place Tuesday 23 March and Wednesday  14 April.

For more information (including how to access discounted tickets as a WRIQ member) click here.

PFAS Masterclass Back on | Thursday 22 April 

Recognising the issues PFAS is causing many businesses in Queensland and Australia, WRIQ is working with Corrs Chambers Westgarth to hold a Masterclass to provide you expert advice on what’s happening and where things are going on the PFAS front.

The PFAS Masterclass will now take place on Thursday 22 April from 12 – 3pm in Brisbane with remote access also available.

If you’ve already purchased a ticket you do not need to book again. You should already have confirmation about the date.

You can book your place to the PFAS Masterclass here or email memberservices@wriq.com.au.

Online access to the masterclass will be available.

Workings Groups to tackle Queensland’s biggest waste and recycling challenges

WRIQ is now calling on participation for our new working groups. WRIQ working groups are expected to be set for 12 – 18 months with specific goals / targets and outcomes.

They will be formed on current issues / challenges impacting Queensland ‘s waste and resource recovery sector.

To find out more information or register your interest in being involved email memberservices@wriq.com.au

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