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EPA consultation on Waste Levy Collection at Landfills and Financial Assurances for Stockpiles - Circular 35.9

To Chief Executive Officer
Environment Staff
Recycling - Waste Management
Sustainability Officers
Date 29 August 2019
Contact Emily Heywood-Smith
Email: emily.heywoodsmith@lga.sa.gov.au
Response Required Yes Respond By 21 October 2019
Summary The EPA is currently consulting on draft legislation that will change the way the waste levy is collected at landfills and an information sheet that outlines the EPA’s proposed approach to requiring financial assurances for stockpiles. The consultation process is open until Monday, 21 October 2019.

As part of the EPA’s ongoing Waste Reform Program, the EPA is seeking stakeholder views on two proposed reforms: changes to the way the waste levy is collected at landfills and the EPA’s approach to requiring financial assurances for stockpiles. 

The proposed amendments to waste levy collection aim to ensure that the solid waste levy is collected from landfills in a fair and consistent manner.  The EPA has developed draft legislation which seeks to amend provisions of the Environment Protection Regulations 2009 and the Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010.  The draft legislation and accompanying explanatory report are available on the EPA website (click here)

In relation to financial assurances, in 2017, the Environment Protection Act 1993 was amended to include more comprehensive provisions on financial assurances, allowing assurances to be used to address risks associated with unauthorised stockpiling or abandonment of waste and the risk of environmental harm.  The EPA is seeking feedback on an information sheet that outlines the EPA’s proposed approach to requiring financial assurances for stockpiles.  The information sheet is available on the EPA website (click here). 

The EPA will be holding a consultation forum at the Adelaide Royal Coach on Wednesday, 25 September 2019.  The forum will include two session:

·        9am – proposed amendments to waste levy collection from landfills;

·        10:30am – the EPA’s approach to financial assurances and stockpile controls.  

 

Please register to attend here via Eventbrite.

Submissions may be forwarded by mail or email (preferred) to:

Waste Reform Consultation

Environment Protection Authority

GPO Box 2607

ADELAIDE  SA  5001

Email: epainfo@sa.gov.au (mark subject as Waste Reform Consultation)

 

Submissions must be received by 21 October 2019.   

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