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EPA guides help construction industry avoid rogue waste operations

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has published new guidelines to help the construction and demolition (C&D) industry properly dispose of waste.

The two new guidance documents will help those in the C&D industry strengthen their procurement and contract processes to avoid engaging rogue waste operators.

The documents are Construction and demolition waste: a management toolkit, and Owner’s guide to lawful disposal of construction and demolition waste.

EPA executive director for waste operations, Carmen Dwyer, said the documents outline quick, easy-to-follow steps the industry can take to make sure they don’t get caught up in waste scams.

They help industry bolster their contracts with waste transporters and factor in control measures from the beginning of the procurement process through to disposal.

“We know that most people in this industry are keen to cut out unlawful behaviour, and the toolkit and guide provide steps that businesses can take to ensure their waste material is lawfully disposed of.

“Unlawful disposal can harm the environment, undercut the legitimate market and remove valuable recyclable resources from the economy,” Dwyer said.

Waste generated from construction and demolition sites, including soil, contaminated soil and demolition waste, must be disposed of or re-used lawfully. In NSW, the owner of the waste and the waste transporter may all be guilty of an offence if waste is transported to the wrong facility.

An individual can be fined up to $250,000 and a corporation can be fined up to $1 million. If the offence involves asbestos waste, the fines double.