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Waste Reform Regulatory Impact Statement

Some wastes such as ‘regulated waste’ and ‘hazardous waste’ pose a significant risk to the environment and to human health. These wastes must be managed throughout their life cycle. To manage these risks effectively a higher level of regulation is required, which means managing how these wastes are classified, transported, stored, treated and disposed of.

In Queensland, there are two key frameworks for classifying wastes and regulating their management activities. These are commonly referred to as the regulated waste classification and waste-related Environmentally Relevant Activity (ERA) frameworks. Combined, these frameworks are intended to ensure that the risks associated with various wastes and their management activities are identified and appropriately managed.

Both frameworks are now almost 20 years old and there have since been significant changes in waste management practices and the introduction of new waste management technologies. To address these issues the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) has reviewed both frameworks and developed a new contemporary risk-based regulatory framework.

A consultation regulatory impact statement prepared by EHP, contains a detailed overview of the proposed framework and an assessment of the potential impacts to waste industry and state and local government stakeholders.

A public consultation process forms part of this review and stakeholders are invited to make a submission. Feedback received will help the government further determine the costs and benefits of the proposed framework.

Written submissions
Submissions, comments or inquiries regarding this consultation regulatory impact statement should be directed to:


Mail:   Waste framework regulatory reform - consultation RIS
           Environmental Policy and Planning
           Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
           PO Box 2454
           BRISBANE  QLD  4001

Phone: (07) 3330 5578 (business hours)

The closing date for submissions is 25 August 2017.



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Submit your response now. Closes 25 August 2017, 05.00pm.

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Last updated
 30 June 2017

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