Planning & Approvals

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 […]

Planning and Approvals capabilities in high demand
Planning & Approvals
19 November 2015

Planning and Approvals capabilities in high demand

MRA’s Planning and Approvals team is going from strength to strength. “With the introduction of the PoEO (Waste) Regulation changes in late 2014, we have seen a surge in clients seeking to ensure their regulatory house is in order. We have successfully completed a number of development and licence applications for new and existing waste […]

Processing or storing waste in NSW? Don’t get caught short – August 1st deadline!
Licencing
4 June 2015

Processing or storing waste in NSW? Don’t get caught short – August 1st deadline!

Important changes were recently introduced by the Protection of Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014. These have considerably reduced the threshold levels for the holding of an Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) for certain waste activities e.g. processing, recovery and storage of waste. The new requirements mean that some existing waste businesses that were not previously required […]

Risk Based Licencing – nothing to fear
Licencing
30 March 2015

Risk Based Licencing – nothing to fear

The NSW EPA’s risk-based licensing system commences on 1 July 2015. The goal of Risk Based Licensing is to allocate the maximum EPA resources to those sites that pose the greatest environmental risk and less to those that do not. The EPA intends to conduct an environmental Risk Assessment for each licenced site in NSW […]

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