Current orders and exemptions

This page contains current resource recovery orders (orders) and resource recovery exemptions (exemptions) in force in NSW for commonly recovered and reused wastes.

You can use an order and exemption without EPA approval but, all conditions of an order and exemption must be met for the reuse of the resource recovery waste to be lawful. You must also have, if necessary, development consent and permission from the owner and occupier of the place where the waste will be re-used.

Where orders and exemptions can be used by anyone, the EPA publishes them in the NSW Government Gazette and on this page. Where orders and exemptions are granted to a named person, the EPA issues them in writing to the applicant only.

Current orders and exemptions for use by everyone

Material Resource recovery orders (RRO) Resource recovery exemptions (RRE)

Acetylene gas lime slurry

Order (PDF 149KB)

Exemption (PDF 128KB)

Ash from burning biomass

Order (PDF 71KB)

Exemption (PDF 55KB)

AWT outputs (mixed waste organic outputs)

Order (PDF 90KB)

Exemption (PDF 91KB)

Basalt fines

Order (PDF 71KB)

Exemption (PDF 48KB)

Biosolids

Order (PDF 54KB)

Exemption (PDF 55KB)

Bulk agricultural crop waste

Order (PDF 50KB)

Exemption (PDF 53KB)

Cement fibre board

Order (PDF 74KB)

Exemption (PDF 56KB)

Coal ash

Order (PDF 81KB)

Exemption (PDF 58KB)

Coal washery rejects

Order (PDF 72KB)

Exemption (PDF 57KB)

Coal washery rejects (coal mine void) 

Order (PDF 53KB)

Exemption (PDF 54KB)

Compost

Order (PDF 128KB)

Exemption (PDF 197KB)

Effluent

Order (PDF 51KB)

Exemption (PDF 54KB)

Excavated natural material

Order (PDF 92KB)

Exemption (PDF 55KB)

Excavated public road material

Order (PDF 57KB)

Exemption (PDF 58KB)

Food waste (liquid)

Order (PDF 56KB)

Exemption (PDF 66KB)

Food waste (solid)

Order (PDF 55KB)

Exemption (PDF 60KB)

Foundry sand

Order (PDF 75KB)

Exemption (PDF 58KB)

Gin trash

Order (PDF 100KB)

Exemption (PDF 94KB)

Manure

Order (PDF 113KB)

Exemption (PDF 124KB)

Mulch

Order (PDF 125KB)

Exemption (PDF 132KB)

Pasteurised garden organics

Order (PDF 122KB)

Exemption (PDF 116KB)

Plasterboard

Order (PDF 74KB)

Exemption (PDF 55KB)

Processed animal waste

Order (PDF 116KB)

Exemption (PDF 128KB)

Rapidly Decomposed Food Waste (Closed Loop)

Order (PDF 120KB)

Exemption (PDF 112KB)

Rapidly Decomposed Food Waste (Greentech Industries)

Order (PDF 113KB)

Exemption (PDF 104KB)

Rapidly Dehydrated Food Waste (Eco Guardians)

Order (PDF 113KB)

Exemption (PDF 105KB)

Reclaimed asphalt pavement

Order (PDF 57KB)

Exemption (PDF 56KB)

Recovered aggregate

Order (PDF 72KB)

Exemption (PDF 57KB)

Recovered fines (Continuous)

Order (PDF 82KB)

Exemption (PDF 57KB)

Recovered fines (Batch)

Order (PDF 79KB)

Exemption (PDF 58KB)

Recovered glass sand

Order (PDF 75KB)

Exemption (PDF 56KB)

Recovered railway ballast

Order (PDF 71KB) 

Exemption (PDF 55KB)

Slag (blast furnace)

Order (PDF 78KB)

Exemption (PDF 58KB)

Slag (electric arc furnace)

Order (PDF 80KB)

Exemption (PDF 59KB)

Slag (electric arc furnace ladle)

Order (PDF 80KB)

Exemption (PDF 57KB)

Slag (electric arc welding)

Order (PDF 72KB)

Exemption (PDF 58KB)

Slag (steel furnace)

Order (PDF 428KB)

Exemption (PDF 241KB)

Stormwater

Order (PDF 50KB)

Exemption (PDF 52KB)

Treated drilling mud

Order (PDF 148KB)

Exemption (PDF 56KB)

Treated grease trap waste

Order (PDF 147KB)

Exemption (PDF 143KB)

Tyres

Order (PDF 71KB)

Exemption (PDF 56KB)

Current orders granted to named persons and exemptions for use by everyone

The EPA has issued these orders to a named person so you cannot view them as they are confidential. Only the named person can supply their resource recovery waste. The exemption applies when you reuse their resource recovery waste.

Please contact your supplier directly, if the resource recovery waste that you intend to re-use does not appear here.

You can apply to the EPA for an order and exemption if there is no current order and exemption for your planned re-use of a waste.

Guidelines for using orders and exemptions

Our guidelines will help you to understand your responsibilities and obligations when using orders and exemptions.

Complying with orders and exemptions

  • Read all sections of the relevant order and exemption carefully before supplying or re-using a resource recovery waste.
  • If applicable, record all sampling and testing data so you can detect exceedances as soon as possible.
  • E-mail the EPA at mailto:waste.exemptions@epa.nsw.gov.au within seven days of becoming aware that you have not complied with any requirement of an order or exemption.
  • Keep the records required by an order or exemption for six years, including records held under the former Resource Recovery Exemption framework.

More information

For more information, e-mail waste.exemptions@epa.nsw.gov.au or contact Environment Line on 131 555.

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