Licensing for waste facilities
The EPA intends to attach standard licence conditions requiring regular periodic reporting to the EPA of data on material flows at facilities for all licensed resource recovery facilities [whether falling within the scope of clause 11(3)(a), (b) or (c)] and related waste facilities. The conditions will require the reporting of the following data:
- The total tonnes of waste received at the facility categorised as:
- total tonnes Municipal Waste (MSW) received (reporting on regular kerbside collections, hard waste and collections of illegally dumped materials)
- total tonnes Commercial & Industrial (C&I) Waste received
- total tonnes Construction & Demolition (C&D) Waste received
- total tonnes Contaminated Soils (CS) received
- total tonnes Residual from another resource recovery process or other (OW).
- The total tonnes outgoing from the facility broken into:
- total tonnes for each recoverable material stream and other banned wastes sent off-site
- total tonnes for each recoverable material sent for processing at other parts of the site
- total tonnes to landfill (divided by MSW, C&I, C&D, CS and OW waste streams where possible)
- total tonnes of residual waste to further resource recovery.
- The total tonnes of stock on site at the end of the period
The EPA may occasionally seek to discover additional information to aid the administration of the EPP through verification of material flows. For this purpose, additional data presented in relation to any 12-month period would be:
- the destination(s) and tonnages of each of the resource recovered streams
- the destination(s) and tonnages of waste being sent directly to landfill
- the destination(s) and tonnages of any other wastes sent for further resource recovery or other processing.
Resource recovery plans
The EPA intends that:
- All licensed material recovery facilities that undertake the sorting of mixed wastes regulated by clause 11 and transfer stations (including relevant skip bin facilities) will have standard conditions attached to their licences requiring the preparation of a facility specific resource recovery plan (RRP) by 31 December 2013 or within 18 months of commencing operations (whichever is the later).
- Any unlicensed facilities that undertake the sorting of mixed wastes regulated by clause 11 and require clause 11(3)(b) approvals will have standard conditions attached to their approvals that require the preparation of a facility specific RRP by 31 December 2013 or within 18 months of commencing operations (whichever is the later).
- RRPs will need to be reviewed and updated at least once every 3 years.
It is proposed that RRPs will need to:
- reference waste management obligations and requirements (eg licence and relevant guidelines),
- describe resource recovery processes and procedures undertaken (including referencing of relevant Standard Operating Procedures),
- analyse opportunities for (and constraints to) the enhancement of resource recovery of materials in accordance with the waste management hierarchy, including thorough consideration of the scope and nature of waste collection services offered to customers (if relevant),
- set resource recovery objectives for the facility,
- establish a continuous improvement system for the formal identification and implementation of improvements,
- identify and commit to initiatives for continuous improvement elements over a three-year period,
- document processes for monitoring and reporting of resource recovery performance, including potential methods for estimating incoming flows of each recoverable material, and
- establish roles and responsibilities for implementation of the RRP.
If a relevant material recovery facility is co-located with another waste to resources activity (eg waste processors manufacturing recovered products or landfill), a RRP will be required for the material recovery facility element of the site.