Waste to Resources Policy 2010
The Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010 (W2R EPP):
- supports the South Australia’s Strategic Plan 2007 target of reducing waste to landfill by 25% by 2014
- provides regulatory underpinning for South Australia’s Waste Strategy
- promotes the implementation of the waste management hierarchy, improves resource recovery and reduces waste going to landfill
- helps to broaden the responsibility for waste management amongst stakeholders
- provides improved options for regulating illegal dumping and inappropriate stockpiling
- helps avoid or minimise the risks of environmental harm from waste management
- promotes consistency and transparency for industry by requiring the EPA to take into account specified guidelines when assessing environmental authorisations and development applications for depots
- creates opportunities for industry sectors to work with the EPA to achieve certainty regarding expected behaviours and a more 'level playing field' by developing prescribed industry codes of practice for the appropriate management of waste.
Different parts of the W2R EPP come into effect in stages over the 3 years following 1 September 2010.
Key elements of the W2R EPP are:
From 1 September 2010
The first of staged provisions prohibiting the disposal of certain waste types to landfill came into effect.
Improved illegal dumping and unauthorised stockpiling controls came into effect, with penalties of up to $250,000. Click for more information on stockpiling. An EPA licence is still required for the receipt and disposal of waste.
Risk management requirements apply for any person who transports waste (licensed or unlicensed) with penalties of up to $30,000 for non-compliance.
An EPA licence, compliance with all licence conditions and the completion of waste transport certificates are still needed for the transport of waste.
Disposal obligations apply to unlicensed activities involving listed wastes, with penalties of up to $30,000 for non-compliance.
New treatment or disposal methods for medical waste may be approved by the EPA.
When waste constitutes a product
EPA standards may specify when a waste constitutes a product. The following relevant documents are for waste derived fill, waste derived soil enhancers and refuse derived fuel.
Weekly waste collection
Weekly collection of residual domestic waste is mandated for metropolitan councils.
This includes when determining matters in relation to development applications or licence applications/renewals.
Waste management codes of practice
Industry specific waste management codes of practice to specify what actions will satisfy the general environmental duty may be prescribed. Currently, the only one code of practice has been prescribed, the nationally developed Industry Code of Practice for the Management of Clinical and Related Wastes.
From 1 September 2011
The second of staged provisions prohibiting the disposal of certain waste types to landfill came into effect.
From 1 September 2012
- Landfill bans
The third of staged provisions prohibiting the disposal of certain waste types to landfill come into effect.
- Medical sharps
Medical sharps are now banned from household kerbside bins.
- Treatment of waste prior to landfill
Waste from metropolitan Adelaide (subject to exemptions) is now required to be subject to resource recovery processes prior to disposal at landfill.
- An analysis of resource recovery facilities servicing metropolitan Adelaide has been undertaken.
From 1 September 2013
The fourth and final of staged provisions prohibiting the disposal of certain waste types to landfill comes into effect.
The W2R EPP has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Environment Protection Act 1993, including the preparation of a draft Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010 and the EPA’s response to the public submissions.