The inaugural meeting of the Advisory Group was held on Tuesday 29 September 2020.
Meeting Tuesday 20 July 2021
Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy
The Strategy and Plastics Plan have been released by the NSW Government. Every Council will have the opportunity to talk with the EPA about what the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy (WASM) and the Plastics Plan means for them. The EPA will also work with representative groups such as Local Government NSW, Regional Organisations of Councils and regional waste coordinators.
An additional meeting of the group will be held in August to engage on the implementation plan.
Findings from 2019-20 Waste and Resource Recovery Reports
Both reports can be found on the EPA Website – local government waste and resource recovery and the waste performance data. Members expressed an interest in understanding the current data and data improvement.
Asbestos – alternative waste cover
Members were provided an update about the option to use general solid waste as alternative cover for asbestos waste at landfills, instead of needing to use virgin excavated natural materials.
Members were provided with an update about the recovered fines review and confirmed that the EPA will consult with industry on its final proposal and host information sessions if new conditions are required.
Material Recovery Facilities Protocol
The EPA will soon be consulting with Councils, Material Recovery Facilities Protocol operators and peak bodies about the protocol and will be invited to participate and attend a Webinar.
Tracy Mackey provided advisory group members with an update on the COVID arrangements for local Councils and the waste sector. The EPA’s Website will be updated daily, including with Fact Sheets.