Christmas message from the EPA
We take this opportunity to wish all our licensees, stakeholders and the community a safe and happy Christmas.
It’s been another eventful and rewarding year. We have reached a number of milestones and delivered significant legislative change.
As we detailed in the previous edition of the EPA Monitor, our most recent achievement has been the implementation of the Environment Protection (Waste Reform) Amendment Act 2017. The Act modernises and strengthens our powers to better support a strong, legitimate resource recovery sector, as well as improve the EPA’s ability to prosecute illegal dumping cases.
During 2016–17, the EPA conducted around 96 investigations and issued a number of clean up orders – redirecting in excess of 1,720 tonnes of illegally deposited waste into the legitimate waste management industry.
We have also heightened our presence in the community and strengthened our engagement work with licensees for better management practices to safeguard the community, through our ‘Better Communication and Community Engagement’.
We continue our extensive and important work on site contamination, and have included an article in this edition of the EPA Monitor of our intention to implement a groundwater prohibition in the Edwardstown area, in metropolitan Adelaide.
We also celebrated our 40-year milestone as the pioneers in this country of the Container Deposit Scheme. We recognise the program’s continued strength and community support.
We have also provided clarity for local councils and the community about local nuisance issues with the introduction of the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016. Out of this legislation came the Dob in a Litterer program to address litter being discarded from motor vehicles.
The EPA has also welcomed two new Board members, Dr Stephen Christley and Catherine Cooper, and in November, we relocated to our new premises at 211 Victoria Square, Adelaide.
Our office will be closed from Monday 27 December 2017 to Monday 2 January 2018. However, our incident reporting and complaints line will continue to be operational throughout the Christmas and New Year Period. The EPA can be reached on 8204 2004 or 1800 623 445 (country callers only).
Media enquiries can be called through to 0439 137 641 or email.
In looking forward to 2018, we take this opportunity to wish you a safe and Merry Christmas and festive season.