Enhancing resource recovery in metropolitan Adelaide
Close to 1 million tonnes of waste are still deposited to landfill from metropolitan Adelaide each year. Wasteful consumption and disposal habits are not sustainable because the earth’s natural resources are limited. The extraction, processing, manufacturing and distribution of products all contribute to resource depletion, greenhouse gas emissions and reduced biodiversity, which are shaping to be among the greatest challenges facing this and future generations.
The Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010 (EPP) is a tool for South Australian industry and government to better manage waste through its requirements for suitable waste from metropolitan Adelaide to be subject to resource recovery processes and prohibiting the disposal of certain waste to landfill.
Since 1 September 2012, suitable waste produced in metropolitan Adelaide is required to be subject to resource recovery processes prior to being able to be disposed of to landfill. Certain materials are also generally banned from disposal to landfill under the EPP.
To support the effective administration of these requirements, the EPA has developed the following guidelines:
- Guidelines on approvals for resource recovery facilities under clauses 11(6) and 12(6) of the Policy
- Guidelines on resource recovery processing – the making of clause 11(8) determinations regarding sufficient treatment
An analysis of resource recovery facilities servicing metropolitan Adelaide by Rawtec Pty Ltd and Mike Haywood-Sustainable Resource Solutions (commissioned by Zero Waste SA and the EPA) was used, along with consultation, to help inform the development of the Guidelines.
The EPA is seeking to promote further resource recovery through the waste reform program.