More than $100,000 in fines have been issued in the past three months to people who have been illegally operating in the Queensland waste industry.
One year on from National Sword, regulators shared their policy response at Waste 2019, while industry leaders discussed the critical steps to move the sector forward.
Waste Management Review examines some of the reasons why the Queensland Government’s waste levy was pushed back to 1 July 2019 and what it means for the industry going forward.
The Queensland Government has established a taskforce to deal with nuisance odours in the Swanbank area.
The Odour Abatement Taskforce, also known as #odourbusters, will operate from a local base at Redbank Plains to crack down on offensive odours and other environmental concerns in the area for the next 12 months.
Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the state government was investing 2.5 million in the program to respond to community concerns raised through an independent community survey this year.
“With the information received from 1435 local residents, we have moved swiftly to establish a taskforce of 10 specialist environmental officers,” Ms Enoch said.
“The team will be dedicated to investigating and responding to issues raised by the community.”
Ms Enoch said the community survey addressed waste management, air quality and water management issues within the Swanbank industrial area.
“Part of our response will be to introduce new technologies to monitor air, noise and water quality in Ipswich suburbs,” she said.
“In addition to on-the-ground investigations, the Odour Abatement Taskforce will intensively examine and review current industry regulation and practice.”
Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said the Queensland Government will have a strong focus on and interaction with the Swanbank industrial area.
“In the past year, the Department of Environment and Science has received 302 reports of odour from 167 people alleging bad smells from landfill and waste recycling facilities in the Swanbank industrial area,” she said.
“Rest assured, we have some of the highest environmental standards in the world and Queensland has a strong record when it comes to compliance.”
Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said the Palaszczuk Government ensured there was always strong compliance when it comes to waste management issues.
“Over the last financial year, the state’s environmental regulator carried out more than 7250 compliance checks state-wide to ensure our high environmental standards are met,” he said.
“Of these, 855 compliance checks were conducted in the Ipswich area.
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