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Environment Protection Authority consultation on mass balance reporting – Explanatory Paper and Draft Standard - Circular 50.11

To Chief Executive Officer
Environment Staff
Recycling - Waste Management
Sustainability Officers
Date 12 December 2019
Contact Emily Heywood-Smith
Response Required Yes Respond By 21 February 2020
Summary The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has been developing a proposal to introduce mass balance reporting for waste facilities as part of its waste reform agenda. The EPA is seeking submissions on its draft Waste reporting, record keeping and measurement standard by 21 February 2020.

Mass balance (or ‘material flow’) reporting, will require relevant waste depots to report monthly to the EPA on total waste quantities by waste stream and waste types.  Record keeping requirements along with weighbridge, video monitoring and survey requirements will also apply to underpin the system. 

Mass balance reporting (MBR) will allow the government to better identify further resource recovery and investment opportunities in the waste and resource recovery sector to help achieve the benefits of a circular economy. 

The EPA has circulated the MBR Explanatory Paper and Draft Standard to affected licensees directly to seek their views on whether the material types and conversion factors included in the draft Standards are sufficient and appropriate.  However, others may be interested in the approach. 

The EPA is holding two information sessions about MBR on Wednesday 15 January 2020 and Thursday 30 January 2020.  Council staff can register to attend one of these sessions through Eventbrite. 

The EPA is seeking comments on MBR material types and conversion factors by Friday 21 February 2020.  Submissions should be provided to (marked Waste Reform Program). 


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