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ASBG’s Framework Approach to a Revamped/Reengineered Recycling System,  is a summary of national and local actions required for a long term solution to the recycling crisis. A key element is to ensure that efficient cost-effective revamped recycling systems replace systems that are no longer viable.  A key  element is to standardise the categories of collected recyclate streams, where appropriate.  Reduction of contamination levels from point of collection to recycled product is essential to access existing markets and generation of new markets for such products.  Regulatory reform to reduce green tape, high costs, permit further down-cycling and improve the planning approval processes for waste infrastructure.  Support for Energy from Waste and improved streamlined approaches for B2B recycling is also called for.  Finally, a number of recommended financing methods of revamped recycling systems are provided.

 

ASBG has written to the Minister following the release of the EPA's Approved Methods 2016 version.  At issue is the inclusion of the Ambient Air Quality NEPM criteria to be applied to individual sites at the closest receptor.  The prior Minister Mr Speakman promised at an ASBG Breakfast in July 2015 that this would not occur.  ASBG's letter is below.

A response from the Ministry has clarified the way in which Approved Methods 2016 and the prior Approved Methods 2005 will be applied , which can assist some sites and planning applications.  The response is below.

Attached is the Proposed Risk Based Environmental Regulatory Framework Under The Protection Of The Environment Operations Act 1997.

This document follows ASBG’s submissions to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) and in line with ASBG’s ASBG’s Ideas for Improving NSW’s Environmental Framework calling for such changes for Environment Protection Licences (EPL). The Framework includes the use of a risk based approach to set monitoring and inspection frequencies.  ASBG is working with the EPA to develop this framework.

The NSW EPA has written to ASBG informing of a raft of changes to the POEO Act, Contaminated Land Management Act and Regulation and the Radiation Control Act.  The more significant change is the replacement of Voluntary Management Plans with Management Agreements for contaminated land remediation.  See pdf below.

ASBG was interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald a few weeks ago about the impact of waste levies on interstate boarders.  Andrew Doig was quoted: 

Others argue this ''perverse incentive'' to travel north could be felt as far south as Sydney when NSW's metropolitan levy rises to more than $95 a tonne next month.

Australian Sustainable Business Group's national director, Andrew Doig, said at this point gate fees would begin to outweigh the transport cost of trucking waste north ''and NSW would lose not only the waste levy but it would also lose the GST associated with it''

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