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Waste management for business

Environmentally relevant activities (ERAs) are industrial activities with the potential to release contaminants into the environment. For information on waste disposal and recovery ERAs and their approval processes go to Environmentally relevant activities page.

‘Waste’ is made up of general waste, such as household waste, and regulated waste which requires a higher level of management to prevent harm to the environment or human health. For more guidelines and information sheets on regulated waste see management of regulated wastes.

A waste can be approved as a resource if the department considers that it has a beneficial use other than disposal. For more information on how to apply go to beneficial use approvals.

Queensland is developing a new, industry-led waste strategy. Read more about the waste strategy.

Waste minimisation aims to eliminate waste before it is produced and reduce its quantity and toxicity. For more information on commercial and domestic waste reduction see Waste minimisation.

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Last reviewed
1 December 2015
Last updated
19 March 2013