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Material Recovery Facility (MRF) Operator

IMPORTANT
Are you a MRF operator who plans to make a claim under the Scheme?

To help ensure the smooth running of the refund assessment and payment process, all MRF operators intending to make a processing refund claim using the MRF Protocol (PDF 1.2MB) must register with the EPA using the MRF registration form. Registrations close 30 September 2017.

A "material recovery facility operator" means:

  1. a person who carries on a business that is or includes the processing for reuse or recycling of domestic waste designated for recycling and collected by that or any other person during the course of domestic waste management services and who:
    1. holds an environment protection licence under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 authorising the processing of the waste (otherwise than by thermal treatment) at specified premises, or
    2. is approved in writing by the EPA as a material recovery facility operator for the purposes of this Part, or
  2. any other person of a class prescribed by the regulations.

MRF Processing Refund Protocol

Under section 28 of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2001, the Scheme Coordinator is required to pay processing refunds to MRF operators for the containers they collect. A Protocol (PDF 1.2MB) has been developed which sets out the methodology to be applied in determining the amounts payable to MRF operators as processing refunds. The protocol also outlines the form and manner in which a claim for payment must be lodged.

Note: While alternative waste treatment plant operators and bottle crushing service operators are prescribed as MRF operators under the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (Container Deposit Scheme) Regulation 2017, the MRF protocol does not apply to them. A separate protocol will need to be developed for these operators.


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Page last updated: 13 September 2017