Waste that is not generated as a direct result of providing the community service or activity that the exemption has been granted for, must not be claimed under the exemption.
Waste that is NOT covered under the exemption includes:
- general office or staff kitchen waste
- waste generated from the clean-up, renovation, refurbishment or maintenance of an organisation’s property.
For the waste to be eligible for an exemption, an organisation must:
- be recognised as a public land manager, charitable and/or not for profit organisation
- meet all the requirements for the categories they are applying under.
The categories are
- public clean-up
- other community service
When applying, you will be asked questions about the category you have selected. Where waste is associated with multiple services, for example opportunity shop and clean-up events, you must apply under all relevant categories.
Conditions for holding a CSE certificate
Organisations issued a CSE Certificate must comply with these conditions:
- Records must be kept of the amount and type of waste disposed, including weighbridge dockets, and the EPA-licenced landfill where the waste is disposed.
- Any documents such as disposal receipts or dockets must be kept.
- Records must be kept for six years, and be provided to the EPA on request.
- Exemptions can only be claimed for waste taken to EPA-licensed waste disposal facilities.
- Waste claimed under the exemption must be transported by the applicant, not transported by a contractor.
- Asbestos or asbestos contaminated waste can not be claimed under the exemption.
- Waste that is not generated as a direct result of providing the community service or activity for which the CSE has been issued can not be claimed under the exemption. This includes general office or staff kitchen waste, as well as waste generated from the clean-up, renovation, refurbishment or maintenance of the organisation’s property.
- Exempt and non-exempt waste must be clearly separated and easily distinguished.
Apply for a CSE
CSEs are granted for a maximum of two years. Organisations should reapply at least a month before their exemption is due to expire.
Dealing with illegal dumping at charitable donation bins and shops, and unwanted electronic goods
The EPA has released an Action Plan (PDF 1194KB) outlining how we will reduce illegal dumping at charitable donation bins and shops.
For information about reusing, recycling or disposing of unwanted household computers and televisions that cannot be sold or given away by community and charitable organisations see: