Legal Eagle: Will the proposed C&D reforms level the playing field?

Legal Eagle: Will the proposed C&D reforms level the playing field?

The purpose of the consultation paper is to consult industry on the proposed changes to the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (NSW) (Waste Regulation). As many would be aware, the introduction of this legislation in 2014 was meant to “provide a level playing field for waste operators” but it is widely thought that this was not achieved.

The proposed amendments are promoted as being required to address the ongoing concerns in the construction and demolition waste sector and to meet the objectives of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW) (POEO Act). Whilst the EPA has branded the proposed changes as being for the construction and demolition waste sector, it is apparent that, if legislated, the changes will extend to the operations of many more industry waste sectors. Read more

The problem of illegal dumping

The problem of illegal dumping

Case study: refining the definition of waste

Clients regularly ask MRA why they need a waste licence for an activity which on the face of it might not look like waste processing.

Recent Land and Environment Court (LEC) and Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) decisions have clarified the meaning of “waste” in NSW and it is important that people working in the sector understand exactly what the EPA, the legislation, and Courts mean by the term. Read more

NSW council amalgamations - lessons, trends, considerations

NSW council amalgamations – lessons, trends, considerations

On May 12, two proclamations under the Act commenced and 19 newly amalgamated councils began operations, including Armidale Regional Council, the merger of Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra Shire Councils, Inner West Council, comprising Ashfield, Leichhardt Municipal and, Marrickville Councils, and CanterburyBankstown Council, merging Bankstown City and Canterbury City Councils.

12 merger proposals are pending and the Minister has decided that 14 proposals will not proceed, including Manly, Mosman Municipal and Warringah Councils, as well as Tamworth Regional and Walcha Councils. Read more

Top tips for planning recycling communications

Top tips for planning recycling communications

The Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) was faced with this challenge after being awarded funding to deliver a set of five region-wide waste campaigns across its population of 1.6 million people, including one focused on improving household kerbside recycling.

SSROC planned to commission an agency to develop strong marketing and communications strategies for each campaign area that would also align with the NSW EPA’s key program resources. However, with a tight budget, a large group of key stakeholders and a diverse population to reach, choosing the right agency at the right price would be difficult without a specific audience, a clear set of outcomes to achieve, and agreement between their member councils. Read more