Dear minister, there's $100M right there for the taking

Dear minister, there’s $100M right there for the taking

At the end of January, new NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian unveiled her reshuffled cabinet which included a swapping of roles between former Environment Minister Mark Speakman and Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton.

Upton has not only taken over the environment portfolio but is also the Local Government Minister – an interesting appointment given both are important and contentious policy areas, begging the question, why give these two major responsibilities to one person? Read more

Legal Eagle: an update on the changes to the EP&A Act

Legal Eagle: an update on the changes to the EP&A Act

Of relevance, among many changes, will be:

  1. New objects of the EP&A Act

A number of new objects in the EP&A Act will be introduced, including:

  • to promote good design and amenity of the built environment;
  • to promote the sustainable management of built and cultural heritage (including Aboriginal cultural heritage); and
  • to promote the proper construction and maintenance of buildings, including the protection of the health and safety of any occupants.

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Time for NSW government to address long-distance transport of waste

Time for NSW government to address long-distance transport of waste

Hosted by the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA), those in attendance included representatives from major players in the sector, such as JJ Richards, Dial A Dump Industries, Remondis, and SUEZ.

Convenor, NewsMediaWorks’ executive director of environment, Dr Tony Wilkins, opened the forum stating that the industry is seeking to work with government to find solutions to the interstate waste transportation issue. Disappointingly, while the NSW EPA was in attendance, no one from the NSW government – Office of Environment and Heritage or other – attended the forum. Read more

A show of leadership and determination

A show of leadership and determination

Kim Glassborow, partner at G&B Lawyers, which sponsored the event, told Inside Waste that “the brilliant and inspiring leadership of women in the waste industry” were showcased at the breakfast and that close to 100 members were in attendance, all keen to hear from The Hon Penny Sharpe (MLC), Shadow Minister for the Environment, Tracy Chalk, waste and resource recovery manager at Penrith City Council, and Sarah Mandelson CEO of Serendipity Ice Cream.

“It was a truly impressive lineup of speakers who shared stories of determination and clear leadership, which are highly relevant values for women in the waste industry today,” Glassborow said. Read more

CoR and the waste sector

CoR and the waste sector

With maximum penalties set to rise to $3 million for corporations, and $300,000 and up to five years in jail for individuals, participants in the waste supply chain can’t afford to continue to overlook their CoR compliance obligations.

CoR recap

The CoR laws make every party in the waste supply chain responsible for heavy vehicle safety. If a heavy vehicle breach of mass, dimension, load restraint, maintenance or driver speed or fatigue occurs, every person in the chain for that load can be held liable, even if they did not own/operate the vehicle and even if they were not contractually responsible for the particular process which caused the breach. Read more

Halve Waste – delivering real diversion from landfill

The Halve Waste Initiative has recently been awarded the best organics recovery program in NSW and the best local government initiative in sustainability.

Back in 2010, the AWMC was receiving almost 185,000 tonnes of waste and burying 125,000 tonnes. The landfill was filling rapidly and Albury City Council was concerned it would need to find a new landfill site. Instead, the City decided that reducing landfill volume via recycling was the most cost-effective way to manage waste. Thus, the Halve Waste program was born. Read more

Where we're at with the NSW CDS

Where we’re at with the NSW CDS

While the map is now up – there were concerns a week ago about the lack of details –  there are still some questions on who will or should profit from the scheme.
Who should profit? 

Questions have been raised about which entity should be eligible to earn the refund values, MRFs or C&I waste collectors, as this is not factored into the MRF protocol. Read more

NSW needs fresh e-waste definition

NSW needs fresh e-waste definition

In December 2016, in Glassborow’s Inside Waste Legal Eagle column, she raised the problems caused by a lack of a statutory definition of e-waste. Since the article was published, there has still been no progress on the regulation of this unique waste stream.

Khoury has recently also spoken out, requesting that the NSW EPA provide a clear definition of e-waste as e-waste should be defined as a Special Waste within the NSW Waste Classification Guidelines. Read more

Sydney's Inner West Council achieves record divestment from fossil fuels

Sydney’s Inner West Council achieves record divestment from fossil fuels

That claim is made in regards to “clean, green investments”. The council has strongly pursued divestment from fossil fuel investments; a strategy which draws from campus culture (universities were famously early adopters of divestment policies) and shareholder activism (retail investors challenging the Adani mine are a recent high-profile example).

It may appear to some a contentious policy for government at any level to take, given that divestment is often seen as a bottom-up approach to sustainability; and particularly given that local governments in NSW are already tightly regulated in the forms of investment available to them. But others have argued that divested funds allow serious investors to speak from a competitive advantage; and that they return better financial results, with a stronger risk profile. Read more