Reforming waste management
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South Australia has introduced many waste management reforms over the past decade that have successfully promoted resource recovery in our state and established our reputation as a leader in this field.
The waste and resource recovery sector has grown into an economically significant part of our economy. Further growth, including significant job creation, has been identified as possible with the next series of modernised regulatory and policy settings.
The South Australian Government is seeking to help realise the economic potential from innovation in waste and resource recovery technologies while at the same time protecting our environment. It is committed to providing the right settings to attract investment, drive innovation and create jobs.
Through its compliance efforts and reform processes, the EPA is committed to establishing a robust regulatory environment to support the sustainable operation of the waste and resource recovery industry by seeking to:
- minimise the risk of environmental harm occurring
- support the highest and best, safe available use of secondary materials in accordance with the waste management hierarchy
- provide more certainty and fairness for lawful operators, promoting investment, innovation and growth of the sector
- stamp out illegal operators
- obtain levy revenue due to the South Australian Government.
To achieve these outcomes, the EPA is pursuing an extensive waste reform program to achieve sound regulation that supports fair and equitable competition, stability, growth and innovation in the sector.
Throughout the reform process, the EPA has been working closely with key stakeholders, including:
- In March 2015, a Waste Summit was convened by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation to provide an update on the state of the waste and resource recovery industry and allow discussion on key issues.
- In August–October 2015, a Discussion Paper, Reforming waste management – creating certainty for an industry to grow, was released for consultation, recognising the key drivers influencing waste management and seeking views on a broad mix of potential reform mechanisms.
- between April–November 2016, presentations on Waste Reform priorities
- In September 2016, a Stakeholder Workshop was conducted regarding a range of reforms at the Waste SA Conference.
Beyond these broad activities, direct engagement has been occurring and continues via regular meetings of the EPA Chief Executive’s Waste Reform High-Level Advisory Group and the complementary WMAA Industry Reference Group.
Changes to the waste levy to promote further resource recovery in our state have been pursued.
Feedback received on the Discussion paper and from the EPA’s industry stakeholder groups, along with EPA compliance experience, was used to help identify further initial priorities.
Further reforms may be pursued subsequent to these changes.