The Queensland Government is issuing an information sheet detailing how the industry should report illegal operators.
The factsheet is an output of the recently-formed Waste Industry Compliance Investigation Taskforce (WICIT).
Members of the waste management industry, including the Waste Recycling Industry Association Queensland (WRIQ), and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection established WICIT on 1 August. WICIT has been created to undertake Operation Tora, a coordinated initiative to tackle and remove unlicensed waste management operators in the state.
The new Information Sheet outlines how waste and recycling industry professionals in Queensland can report alleged unlawful waste management operators to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, so that WICIT can prioritise these investigations.
The department plans to distribute the WICIT Information Sheet to members of several member organisations in the waste management, resource recovery and recycling sectors, including: WRIQ, Demolition Contractors Association (QLD); Australian Council of Recycling; Waste Management Association of Australia, and ORORA.
Reporting suspicious waste operators
Industry professionals in Queensland can report suspected illegal waste management activities using the Pollution Hotline on 1300 130 372 (Option 2) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Reports should include details such as: name, business name and contact details of alleged offender; and location and details of the suspected illegal waste activity.