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. biosolid 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.
- 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.
- Emission Limit Guidelines for Fruit and Vegetable Activities
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.
- 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 Intensive Animal Husbandry Activities
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.
- 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.
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