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Review of the Regulated Waste Classification and Waste-related Environmentally Relevant Activity (ERA) frameworks

One of EHP’s core functions is to ensure commercial and industrial activities, including waste management activities, are regulated to manage their environmental impacts. Regulating waste management activities is particularly complex due to the diverse nature of the wastes generated, the processes associated with the waste related activity and the large range of hazard parameters associated with these wastes.

In Queensland the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act) and its subordinate legislation, the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 (EP Reg) provide frameworks for classifying waste and regulating associated waste management activities. These are commonly referred to as the regulated waste classification and waste-related Environmentally Relevant Activity (ERA) frameworks. Combined, these frameworks are intended to ensure that the risks associated with various wastes and their management activities are identified and appropriately managed.

Since the introduction of the frameworks almost 20 years ago there have been significant changes in waste management practices and the introduction of new waste management technologies. As a result of these changes the frameworks no longer reflect or properly account for current national and international waste management standards and practices.

In 2013 the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) commenced separate reviews of both frameworks in consultation with industry, business and government stakeholders. The intent of these reviews was to develop a regulatory framework that better reflects contemporary waste management practices and to provide fairer risk-based regulation for waste management activities.

The review process has now resulted in the development of new risk-based framework for classifying waste and regulating their management activities. It is intended that the proposed framework will encourage improved waste management and resource recovery, industry growth and, where appropriate, facilitate the use of new and innovative technologies.

EHP is seeking further feedback on the proposed frameworks and a consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) (PDF, 1.1M) and Addendum (PDF, 966K) are now available for public comment. The RIS contains a detailed overview of the proposed frameworks and provides an assessment of the potential impacts to waste industry and state and local government stakeholders.

Feedback received will help the government further determine the costs and benefits of the proposed framework.

The submission period is open until 25 August 2017 and feedback can be provided by email or post.

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Waste framework regulatory reform - consultation RIS
Environmental Policy and Planning
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
PO Box 2454
Brisbane QLD 4001

Last updated
30 June 2017