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 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.
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 the EPP's requirements, the EPA has developed the following guidelines:
- Approvals for resource recovery facilities under clauses 11(6) and 12(6) of the Policy
- Resource recovery processing – the making of clause 11(8) determinations regarding sufficient treatment
- Handling wastes banned from landfills
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.
Mandatory resource recovery requirements under clause 11 and landfill disposal bans under clause 12 of the EPP for kerbside collected municipal solid waste in South Australia are outlined in the following diagram.
If you have any questions about energy from waste, see the Refuse derived fuel page and the discussion paper Enhancing resource recovery and discussing the place of energy recovery or contact us on (08) 8204 2004 or 1800 623 445 (free call for non-metropolitan callers) or email.