On July 19, Inside Waste joined numerous dignitaries and VIPs, including Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, Member for Lake Macquarie, Greg Piper, Lake Macquarie City Council Mayor, Kay Fraser, NSW EPA acting chair and CEO, Anissa Levy, and Remondis Australia CEO Luke Agati at the Awaba Waste Management Facility to officially launch the Lake Macquarie Organics Resource Recovery Facility. Read more
It clarified what responsibilities and liabilities consumers have for resource recovered materials, and what it means when the material is found not to meet specifications or contain asbestos. It also overturns a lot of conventional wisdom as to what the EPA must prove in prosecuting waste offences, and even re-writes our understanding of what is “waste” under NSW’s environmental legislation.
The case has implications for recyclers, transporters, and consumers of resource recovered products, which we discuss below.
To recap, if the standards are adopted, every site that stores or handles any scrap metal must comply with the Minimum Environmental Standards in Scrap Metal Industry (PMESSMI) – it will be an offence not to – and meet the following standards:
• all scrap metal (including end-of-life vehicles and white goods) must be stored and dismantled/processed on hardstands under covered areas with appropriate drainage infrastructure; Read more
Often the first time lawyers are called in is when a contractual dispute has broken out and relationships have soured, preventing speedy and inexpensive resolutions. Occasionally, the dispute can be traced back to something which could have been easily addressed in the tender process.
Typically, the problems we encounter involve inadequate or unclear specifications for the required services, use of inappropriate contract documents, and negotiations straying beyond the core purpose of the tender itself.