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Food and Textiles Processing

​​​​​​The EPA is responsible for regulating a broad range of activities including abattoirs and rendering plants, fish processing, vegetable processing, milk, cheese, chocolate and beer production as well as textiles manufacturing.

A broad range of environmental issues associated with these industries include odour management, effluent treatment, solid waste management disposal and re-use (e.g. food processing waste streams application to land) and emissions to atmosphere.

Food and Textiles Processing Related Publications and Resources

  • The EPA Guide to Land Spreading of Food Industry Waste is a key reference for food processing premises (Level 1 and 2 activities), waste transporters and receiving properties, and Local Government and EPA regulatory officers. It sets out the regulatory requirements for waste classification and approval, and provides a checklist for risk minimisation and compliance for the management of organic waste material. 
     

      EPA Guide to Land Spreading of Food Industry Waste, January 2019   (249Kb)

  • Paunch Contents Land​ Spreading Management Guidelines
    These Guidelines have been prepared for Tasmanian abattoirs, controlled waste transporters, landowners and environmental regulators concerned with the re-use through land application of partially digested material from ruminant stomachs known as paunch contents. Paunch contents can be a valuable soil conditioner when managed and applied appropriately. However, it can also give rise to environmental and human or animal health risks which need to be addressed before land spreading occurs.

      Paunch Contents Land Spreading Management Guidelines March 2017   (291Kb)

  • Emission Limit Guidelines for Fruit and Vegetable Ac​tivities
    Regulatory authorities should ensure that emission limits set for the point source discharge of pollutants to surface waters from new or existing fruit and vegetable processing activities are set in accordance with these guidelines.

      Emission Limit Guidelines for Fruit and Vegetable Activities   (47Kb)

  • Wastewater Management Guidelines for Meat Premises & Pet Food Works​
    Provides advice to regulators on wastewater management requirements for meat premises and pet food works. It also provides guidance to operators on best practice environmental management in their industry sector.

      Wastewater Management Guidelines for Meat Premises & Pet Food Works   (43Kb)

  • Wastewater Management Guidelines for Intensive Animal Husbandry A​ctivities
    Provides advice to regulators on wastewater management requirements for intensive animal husbandry activities. It also provides guidance to operators on best practice environmental management in their industry sector.

      Wastewater Management Guidelines for Intensive Animal Husbandry Activities   (51Kb)

  • The Environmental Law Handbook
    The Environmental Defenders Office produced an easy to read, practical guide to Tasmania's environmental protection and planning laws for citizens, local councils, conservation groups, landowners, business operators and regulatory authorities. Chapter 10 in particular, discusses rural lands, soil and water management. Chapter 9 discusses fisheries and marine protection.

Other Relevant Organisations

  • DPIPWE - Managing Natural Resources 
    The day to day use of rural lands is regulated by a variety of pieces of legislation dealing with specific aspects of land and water use. These include​ EMPCA 1994, the principal legislation relating to environmental harm, administered by the EPA Division. The Water Management Act 1999 is part of the State's integrated Resource Management and Planning System and provides for the management of Tasmania's freshwater resources. This includes regulation of water licences, dams and groundwater bores, administered by the Water and Marine Resources Division.
  • DPIPWE - National Parks, Reserves and Wildlife Management
    R​eserved lands and wildlife in Tasmania are managed under two pieces of legislation, the Nature Conservation Act 2002 and the National Parks & Reserves Management Act 2002 administered by DPIPWE and the Parks & Wildlife Service respectively.
  • DPIPWE and EPA - Finfish Farming ​
    The recent changes to EMPCA require that all finfish farms must have an environmental licence.  There are assessment criteria in EMPCA related to environmental licence activities for new activities or intensification.  For a marine finfish farm to be eligible to have an Environmental Licence they must also have a marine farm lease and marine farm licence – which are matters under MFPA and LMRMA.   The EPA website has a salmon aquaculture section which includes links to the DPIPWE website. See https://epa.tas.gov.au/regulation/salmon-aquaculture

Northern Operations Section
Level 2
Henty House
1 Civic Square
Launceston  TAS 7250
Phone: 03 6777 2060​​

Industrial Operations Section
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4604
Fax: 03 6173 0254
Email: Enquiries@epa.tas.gov.au