Tony Khoury

EPA’s changes will decrease recycling rates, reduce jobs, discourage investment

The NSW construction & demolition (C&D) waste sector is the largest resource recovery sector in NSW, processing over 13.4 million tonnes a year and contributing $500 million annually to the economy. It employs more than 1,000 workers. The EPA’s proposal to rapidly change the framework that presently recycles over 1.2 million tonnes of fines from co-mingled waste could destroy business’ investment confidence, leading to a lack of investment, and innovation. The EPA needs to focus on better enforcement of the existing regulations, rather than increasing the regulatory burden on ethical operators. The EPA’s proposal will merely force ethical operators out of the industry.

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