Reducing air pollution means healthier people and a healthier environment. The EPA works with industry on strategies to reduce air pollution and improve air quality, administers Clean Air for NSW and chairs the Interagency Taskforce on Air Quality in NSW.
The EPA regulates the use of chemicals in NSW under Acts and Regulations to reduce harmful effects on people and minimise environmental impacts. Some hazardous chemicals are also more strictly regulated under chemical control orders.
Contamination may threaten human health and the environment, limit land use potential or increase development costs. The EPA regulates the investigation and clean-up of contaminated land to prevent pollution and safeguard community wellbeing.
The EPA regulates the transport of dangerous goods in NSW. Dangerous goods are substances and objects that pose acute risks to people, property and the environment due to their chemical or physical characteristics.
Household building and renovation
When renovating your home, you can come into contact with dangerous chemicals including lead in paint or asbestos in walls. You need to take care when handling materials such as treated timber which contains pesticides, and must ensure you dispose of your building waste responsibly.
Litter and illegal dumping
The NSW Government is committed to reducing litter by 40% and illegal dumping by 30% by 2020. The EPA is implementing actions to fulfil that commitment, including programs under Hey Tosser and the Illegal Dumping Strategy.
The EPA ensures native forests in NSW continue to provide valuable habitat for threatened plants and animals, and a sustainable timber supply for NSW, by working with industry on management plans, statutory safeguards and environmental strategies.
Noise can be annoying and interfere with speech, sleep or work. In NSW noise is regulated by the EPA, councils and Police depending on the type of noise source.
Pesticides control or destroy pests by interfering with their metabolism, life cycle or behaviour. As some pesticides can threaten human health and the environment, the EPA controls their use in NSW and provides advice for people working with pesticides.
The EPA regulates the use, sale, disposal, transport and clean-up of radioactive substances and radiation apparatus in NSW.
Recycling and reuse
There are many ways to recycle and reuse waste. The EPA provides grants for recycling projects, advice on materials that can be recycled, and information on Community Recycling Centres.
Most activities generate waste, some of which is hazardous. The EPA manages the transport and disposal of hazardous waste, and works with industry to find sustainable solutions to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill.
Clean water has a positive impact on human health, the environment and the economy. The EPA works to minimise pollution and improve water quality, including collaborating with other agencies on Our Living River.
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