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Reforms underway for NSW EIA process

New South Wales is initiating a three-stage consultation process to introduce reforms in its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.

Stage 1 has already commenced, involving the distribution of a discussion paper for public review.

The EIA refers to the entire process for both State Significant Development (SSD) and State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) proposals.

Educating for recovery

Long term environmental protection requires more than just resource recovery, it also requires cultural change.

Australia has more than 500 active landfills, and hundreds more which are closed and require remediation. The vast majority of these landfills are owned by local government, meaning that in many cases, the long-term burden of remediating these sites falls to the communities in which they operate.

NSW EPA closes illegal landfill in Wallacia

The NSW EPA closed an illegal landfill accepting contaminated soil and asbestos in the Penrith City Council area last week.

Officers from the EPA, NSW Police Force and Penrith City Council commenced Operation Southern Hawk in the Wallacia area, along Park and Mulgoa Roads, in response to public reports frequent truck traffic and intelligence gathered from aerial surveillance.

EPA grants $5 million for indigenous waste management

Aboriginal communities will soon reap the benefits of improved waste management services, with a helping hand from the State Government.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is allocating $5 million in funding under its Waste Less, Recycle More grants program of 2017-2021. It will be divided into $4 million earmarked for former missions and reserves, while $1 million will be granted for clean up activities.

EPA orders nine waste companies to shape up

Nine waste operators run afoul of Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) NSW for various waste-related offences committed in western Sydney.

A total of $113,500 was meted out in fines. According to EPA Executive Director of Resource Recovery Steve Beaman, the facilities had put the environment and human health at risk.  

Toxfree banners safety, performance improvements in 2016 report

Waste services company Toxfree has released its FY2016 annual report, highlighting safety and performance improvements for the year.

The company reported revenues of $67,826,000 by its Technical and Environmental Services, up 27% from last year. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) placed it at $21,245,000.

Section 143 Notices - A safeguard against illegal dumping

Section 143 Notices are the safest way to protect your enterprise against illegal dumping, writes Mike Ritchie.

The problem of illegal dumping

We all hear the horror stories of illegal landfill operations, cowboy waste operators dumping waste on land, the covert filling of gullies by unscrupulous transporters wanting to avoid landfill fees.

EPA launches “matchmaker” pilot program for C&D waste

The Environment Protection Authority NSW (EPA) has launched a pilot program to find a ready market for construction and demolition (C&D) waste.

Under the Civil Construction Market Pilot program, waste from one project can be used to benefit another project, such as pallets converted into chook bedding and timber offcuts used to make eco-friendly particleboards. 

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