Transport of controlled wastes under review
Released 22 Mar 2018
The regulations governing the transport of hazardous wastes on Western Australian roads are being reviewed.
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has released a discussion paper, seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Environmental Protection (Controlled Waste) Regulations 2004.
The department’s Executive Director of Compliance and Enforcement Stuart Cowie said the regulations − which provide for the licensing of carriers, drivers and vehicles involved in transporting controlled waste − required regular review as technologies and practices in industry were constantly changing.
"This review aims to ensure that WA’s controlled waste regulations are risk-based, streamlined and effective to better protect the environment," he said.
"This may include adding or removing wastes covered by the regulations."
Recommended changes include tighter regulation around the transportation of asbestos.
Currently asbestos − one of Australia’s largest hazardous waste flows − is not tracked under the State’s controlled waste regulations so the volume of asbestos waste generated and disposed of in landfill is unknown in Western Australia.
Mr Cowie said much of the illegally dumped material investigated by the department was asbestos.
"Regulating the transport of asbestos will bring WA into line with other Australian jurisdictions and recognise the risk it poses to human health."
The department would like to hear from people working in the controlled waste industry including businesses that produce controlled waste, controlled waste carriers and waste disposal facilities. The department is also keen to hear from asbestos removal contractors.
The discussion paper is available on the department’s website. Submissions close at 5pm on 8 June 2018.
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