Legislative & regulatory review
The Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010 (EPP) was authorised by the Governor on 18 February 2010 and came into operation on 1 September 2010. >> More
Activities of environmental significance or those activities that require a licence are outlined in Part A of Schedule 1 of the Environment Protection Act 1993 (the Act).
As part of a wider review of the Schedule, waste to resources activities will undergo an assessment to ensure that the types of activities to be licensed are those found to be of higher risk based on :
- risk of environmental harm (likelihood and consequence) associated with the activity type
- level of complexity or specificity of management requirements for the activity to avoid unacceptable impacts and/or to support sustainable development.
The way that the activities are described will also be reviewed to improve interpretability and ensure the thresholds are appropriate.
As part of the decision-making process for the regulation of the waste management industry, the EPA considers:
- risks of environmental harm associated with the activity type
- level of complexity or specificity of management requirements for the activity to avoid unacceptable harm and/or to support sustainable development
- need to act according to the 'polluter-pays' principle.
For this process, there are a number of tools available to the EPA under the Act and the Development Act 1993.
The review of the compliance and enforcement guidelines is now complete. For more information see the Compliance and Enforcement Statement.