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Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014

The Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (the ‘2014 Waste Regulation’) commenced on 1 November 2014. Some changes will commence in 2015.

In accordance with the requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989, in 2013 the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) undertook an extensive review of the waste regulatory framework. As a result, the 2014 Waste Regulation and Waste Levy Guidelines (PDF 509KB) commenced on 1 November 2014.

Main provisions of the 2014 Waste Regulation

Information on the main changes to the waste regulation and commencement dates of these changes are outlined in the video and fact sheets below.



Proximity Principle: Offence for transport of waste

1 November 2014

Improving resource recovery exemptions

1 November 2014

Prescribed wastes for land pollution offence

1 November 2014

Improving immobilisation of high-risk contaminants

1 November 2014

Land pollution defence for unlicensed landfills

1 November 2014

Additions to operational purpose deductions

1 November 2014

Reduced licensing thresholds for waste activities

1 November 2014, with a 9 month transition period

Waste tracking for waste transported outside NSW

1 March 2015

Waste tyre monitoring and licensing

1 July 2015

Asbestos waste monitoring requirements

1 July 2015

Reforming the waste levy framework

1 August 2015

New reporting requirements for waste facilities

1 August 2015

Exemption notices

The EPA has published the following exemptions in the NSW Government Gazette, in accordance with clause 91 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014.

Other notices

More information

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Page last updated: 20 May 2016