In New South Wales, the scrap metal industry is diverse, ranging from small car wrecking yards to larger processing facilities. The industry plays an important resource recovery and waste management role in New South Wales.
The EPA released a consultation paper on the proposed minimum environmental standards for scrap metal facilities and the consultation closed on 18 September 2017.
Working groups with industry and local government were held in early 2018 to inform potential revisions to the Minimum Standards.
Further consultation with key industry and government stakeholders and associations to explore amendments to specific elements of the standards will be undertaken as part of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (the Waste Regulation) review. The consultation process for the Waste Regulation review will be communicated on the EPA’s website, as well as through the major waste associations.