As of 1 August 2015, all waste facilities, including
waste facilities that do not pay waste levy contributions, must now
annually report the amount of waste handled, in accordance with the
Waste Levy Guidelines. The new reporting requirements give the EPA
more oversight across the industry and replace the voluntary data
surveys presently conducted in relation to recycling.
The changes increase reporting obligations, particularly for
waste facilities that previously did not pay contributions under
the waste levy. All waste facilities are encouraged to analyse
current practices to ensure compliance with the additional
reporting requirements. Data such as the amount, type and
destination of waste received and sent off-site is collected
through the EPA's website.
Additionally, scheduled waste facilities that are required to
pay contributions under section 88 of the POEO Act must now provide
monthly waste contribution reports as well as volumetric
WASTE CONTRIBUTION MONTHLY REPORTS
The new requirements apply to all scheduled waste facilities,
including recycling facilities, which are exempt from the waste
levy. There are limited exemptions to the amended reporting
landfills which only receive virgin excavated natural
landfills exempt from paying waste levy contributions under
clause 19 in regards to putrescible waste landfills subject to
From 1 August 2015 contributions reports for scheduled waste
disposal facilities must be completed within a specified time
period dependent on the type of facility as follows:
Scheduled waste disposal facilities: 56 days from the end of
Scheduled coal waste facilities: 26 days from the end of the
All other scheduled waste facilities required to pay the waste
levy under s.88 of the POEO Act: 14 days from the end of the
Trackable liquid waste: exempt from this requirement.
These reports must contain the quantity of waste received within
the month, the waste type in accordance with the Waste Levy
Guidelines, and any approved particulars relating to the waste
Scheduled waste landfill disposal facilities required to pay the
waste levy must carry out a volumetric survey of the facility twice
a year. All other facilities must carry out a volumetric survey
once a year. All results must be reported to the EPA in the form
and manner specified in the Waste Levy Guidelines.
Maximum penalties for non-compliance with reporting and survey
requirements are $22,000 for corporations and $11,000 for
Records are to be retained for a minimum of 6 years and should
be in accordance with the Waste Levy Guidelines even where
facilities are not required to pay the waste levy.
VOLUNTARY SURVEYS NOT WORKING
The reporting requirements come in response to a lack of
quantity and quality in data pertaining to the waste industry,
particularly recycling facilities. Previously, recycling data came
from voluntary surveys only.
The changes will support the EPA's increasing regulatory
oversight powers across the waste industry. They improve
reliability of data which can be used to evaluate the other changes
being made under the new regulations, and monitor other
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