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Controlled Waste

Controlled waste is the most hazardous category of waste and requires careful management.

Controlled waste is the most hazardous category of waste and includes those wastes that exhibit toxicity, chemical or biological reactivity, environmental persistence, or the ability to bio-accumulate or enter the food chain. These wastes need to be carefully managed and are closely regulated because of their potential to adversely impact human health and the environment. Some controlled wastes, such as tyres, are not strictly hazardous but they may also need special management.

The EPA has a statutory duty to protect the environment from the effects of controlled waste. Its powers range from requiring organisations to submit controlled waste data reports to enforcing the relevant provisions of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 and other relevant legislation.

Definitions

The terms hazardous waste, prescribed waste and controlled waste are used by various Australian environment protection agencies and to all intents and purposes are interchangeable. Tasmania has adopted the terminology of the National Environment Protection (Movement of Controlled Waste between States and Territories) Measure 2004 (Controlled Waste NEPM) which uses the term controlled waste.

Controlled waste is defined in the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA) and the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Waste Management) Regulations 2010. Controlled wastes are listed in List 1, Schedule A of the Controlled Waste NEPM and are taken to possess one or more of the characteristics in List 2 unless demonstrated otherwise. The waste classification codes​ of controlled waste used in Tasmania are based on List 1, Schedule A of the Controlled Waste NEPM but include several other wastes prescribed in the Regulations.

Waste Management Section
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4599
Email: Enquiries@epa.tas.gov.au