Storage & stockpiling
The EPA has developed a guideline document, Guideline for stockpile management: Waste and waste derived products for recycling and reuse, on requirements for the management of potential risks associated with stockpiling and storage of various wastes and waste derived materials.
Sections in the guideline
- Application of the guideline – Legislation
- Potential risks and impacts
- Assessment and management of requirements:
(a) Waste type: potential emissions and risks
(b) Site and surroundings
(e) Materials flow and management
(f) Markets and timeframes
(g) Community consultation
Appendix 1 – Risks associated with stockpiling of materials
Appendix 2 – Definitions
Appendix 3 – Further guidelines and information
In addition to the guideline, a brochure, Stockpiling waste and waste derived products, can be downloaded for more information.
Key concepts of stockpiling
- Storage should be temporary and for a specific purpose.
- Stockpiling should only occur for materials that have a immediate market; materials cannot be stockpiled in hope there will become a market for them.
- Stockpiling should be conducted with materials flow and site capacity in mind. As such there should not be continual growth but instead a systematic flow of materials input, processing, output, storage and removal.
- Waste must be managed to prevent harm to the environment and human health.
The Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010 (W2R EPP) contains requirements of how waste must be disposed and penalties for illegal dumping. Stockpiling may be considered disposal.