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Time for comment on management of Controlled Waste

Industry and stakeholders are invited to comment on the recently released draft Controlled Waste Management Strategy.

Click here to read the draft strategy.

Controlled waste, historically known as hazardous waste, is mostly treated and disposed of as landfill in Tasmania, or shipped to the mainland for treatment.

A key issue for Tasmania is that many landfills and processing facilities are not fully compliant with modern best-practice standards for ‘secure’ landfills.

The Tasmanian Government established a deadline of June 2009, beyond which time controlled waste will only be allowed to be disposed of at facilities that meet best-practice standards.

The strategy is an important step toward ensuring that controlled wastes are managed in a sustainable manner.

The strategy is a component of the overarching Tasmanian Waste Management Strategy and was developed as a result of the Government’s Controlling Waste strategy announced in 2004.

Until now there has been a heavy reliance on municipal waste management facilities to manage controlled wastes.

An aim is to encourage more private investment in commercially viable facilities to meet the future needs of Tasmanian businesses and industries and to help achieve this, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism has already begun discussions with potential investors.

A draft strategy has been completed by the consulting firm, Sustainable Infrastructure Australia who consulted over 260 businesses and industries in Tasmania to better understand their controlled waste management needs.

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the Department of Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts worked closely to develop the draft strategy.

The support of Tasmanian Minerals Council, the Local Government Association of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in contributing to this project has also been acknowledged.

The draft strategy will shortly be available on the departmental websites and industry and key stakeholders are encouraged to comment.