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NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 – a Planning Perspective
Legislation
23 September 2021

NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 – a Planning Perspective

The NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 has ambitious targets to achieve an 80% average recovery rate from all waste streams, triple the plastics recycling rate and halve the amount of organic waste sent to landfill by 2030. 

New rules for all waste facilities in Victoria
Infrastructure
20 July 2021

New rules for all waste facilities in Victoria

As of 1 July 2021 resource recovery facilities in Victoria are captured under new Environment Protection Regulations. Facilities that trigger the requirements must apply by October 2021 for a licence or permit or by 2 January 2022 if the activity needs a registration. If you do not make an application, you can no longer operate.

MRA Brief on New Major Projects Pathway in NSW
Legislation
9 February 2021

MRA Brief on New Major Projects Pathway in NSW

The NSW Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment has recently released a series of draft measures aimed at reducing timeframes for State Significant Development Projects and improving the standards of environmental reporting.

Update to NSW Waste Facilities’ Financial Assurance Requirements
Legislation
8 April 2020

Update to NSW Waste Facilities’ Financial Assurance Requirements

The NSW EPA has developed a draft financial assurance policy and guideline to ensure that those responsible for pollution or contamination pay the costs of clean-up or remediation. MRA's submission on the Draft Policy and Draft Guideline is outlined in this post.

All NSW Waste and Recycling operators need to read this
Legislation
14 August 2019

All NSW Waste and Recycling operators need to read this

If you are dealing with asbestos waste in NSW, take notice. The NSW Court of Criminal Appeal has handed down a decision which confirms that any waste containing asbestos is asbestos waste endorsing all of the EPA interpretations of the POEO Act.

Modern Slavery Act and the waste sector
Legislation
17 June 2019

Modern Slavery Act and the waste sector

If you are dealing with recyclables and have $100 million annual revenue, the Act applies to you as of January 2019

NSW EPA to target illegal profits using MBOs
Legislation
17 April 2019

NSW EPA to target illegal profits using MBOs

The NSW EPA has had the power to seek the confiscation of profits gained from breaking environmental laws since the introduction of the POEO Act. However, it has now established a method for calculating Monetary Benefit Orders and is already using these to pursue cases in court.

Are you protected from a charge of illegal dumping?
Legislation
18 August 2017

Are you protected from a charge of illegal dumping?

With a Four Corners expose on the waste industry highlighting illegal dumping, it is a good time for Councils to consider how they might protect themselves from a charge of illegal dumping. In NSW, this is done by the s.143 notice.

A safeguard against illegal dumping – section 143 notices
Legislation
3 November 2016

A safeguard against illegal dumping – section 143 notices

By Mike Ritchie – Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group The problem of illegal dumping We all hear the horror stories of illegal landfill operations, cowboy waste operators dumping waste on land, the covert filling of gullies by unscrupulous transporters wanting to avoid landfill fees. These practices undermine the whole intent of our waste regulatory structure […]

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