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Required Approvals & Authorisations for Controlled Waste Management

The following information does not describe requirements for the transport of controlled wastes.

Other handling of controlled waste (production, receipt, storage, reuse, recycling, reprocessing, salvage, incineration, treatment, disposal or use for energy recovery) requires approval in accordance with the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Waste Management) Regulations 2010 (the Waste Management Regulations).

Various types of controlled waste handling approvals are acceptable under the Waste Management Regulations. The approval must contain specific conditions in relation to the phase of waste handling and the type of controlled waste in question. Types of approval are as follows:

  • A permit under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993. A permit may be granted in response to a development application to a council for either a Level 1 or a Level 2 activity as defined in the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA). If an existing permit does not contain appropriate waste handling conditions the activity operator may apply to the council or the EPA for a variation of the conditions.
  • An Environment Protection Notice (EPN). An EPN may be issued either by a council or by the EPA, depending on whether the activity is Level 1, Level 2 or another activity. The EPN may impose activity operating requirements and restrictions, including those that relate directly to controlled waste handling. If an existing EPN does not contain appropriate waste handling conditions the activity operator may apply to the council or the EPA for a variation of the conditions.
  • An approval from the Director of the EPA under regulation 12 of the Waste Management Regulations. This is the default approval type where no other approval is applicable.
  • Additionally, waste handling may be taken to be approved if the waste handler complies with the provisions of a relevant Approved Management Method (AMM) made by the Director, a national agreement to which Tasmania is a signatory or a National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM).

Any application for approval to handle a controlled waste (either to the EPA Division or a council) will require information including:

  • Contact name, fax number and telephone number of the waste producer or receiving facility operator
  • Type of waste to be disposed of, treated, recycled, etc
  • Controlled waste category code
  • Volume / size of the waste
  • Where the waste came from and its original purpose
  • Where the waste currently is
  • How the waste will be transported to the receiving facility (if applicable)
  • Any analytical testing results from the laboratory (if applicable)
  • Any additional information such as sampling maps etc
  • The receiving facility where the waste will be forwarded (producers only).

Certain exceptions apply under the controlled waste provisions of the Waste Management Regulations. The Regulations will not be contravened when the controlled waste is:

The above exceptions apply only to the Waste Management Regulations. Requirements for the handling of controlled waste may be imposed separately under other EMPCA instruments or under other legislation (e.g. the Dangerous Goods (Safe Handling) Act), and these must be complied with. Similarly, where an approval for controlled waste handling is required and obtained under the Waste Management Regulations, the provisions of other instruments and legislation must still be complied with.

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