Author: Ryan Collins
Changes to NSW waste legislation have lowered the threshold of the requirement to hold an Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) for certain waste activities. Some waste businesses who did not previously need a licence may now be required to hold one by 1st August 2015.
Under changes to the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 introduced on 1 November 2014, facilities that recycle, store or process more than 1,000 tonnes of cubic metres of waste on site at any time, or accept more than 6,000 tonnes of waste at their site per year, will be required to hold an Environment Protection Licence (EPL) from the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
Find out more about the amount of waste your business can store, process or dispose and how to submit an EPL application by downloading the NSW EPA guide to licensing for the waste industry.
Read more about the NSW EPA's new risk-based licensing system which comes into effect 1st July 2015.