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Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council



Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council

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National Environmental Protection Council annual report 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 181 N SW M O V E M E N T O F C O N T R O L L E D W A ST E B E T W E E N STA T E S A N D T E R R ITO R IE S New South Wales Report to the NEPC on the implementation of the National Environment Protection (Movement of Controlled Waste between States and Territories) Measure for New South Wales by the Hon. Robyn Parker MP, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage, for the reporting year ended 30 June 2011. There was a significant reduction in controlled waste received from interstate for landfill disposal in NSW, notably a 23,224 tonnes reduction in asbestos contaminated soil from the ACT and 8113 tonnes reduction in non-metallic product from Victoria. These reductions were due to the end of major development projects in the ACT and options for dealing with nonmetallic product becoming available in Victoria. There was also a net reduction of 939 tonnes of lead, mostly lead acid batteries, with significant reductions in lead waste from Queensland and South Australia partly offset by an increase from Western Australia. Other significant changes included a reduction in aluminium dross from Queensland (2895 tonnes) and tyres from the ACT (1546 tonnes) and an increase in waste oil from Queensland (1528 tonnes). A number of compliance campaigns related to waste and the transport of dangerous goods were undertaken during 201011. These campaigns did not identify any compliance issues for the interstate movement of controlled waste. PART 1 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEPM AND ANY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES The NEPM has been in place for more than 10 years and is operating smoothly, without any significant issues. The introduction of online waste tracking in 2006 for waste being received at NSW facilities has greatly reduced errors in documentation and more than 99% of transport certificates are now completed correctly. Minor changes to the NEPM were recommended following the 10year review, and these are expected to be introduced in NSW in 2012 when the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation is due to be re-made. PART 2 ASSESSMENT OF NEPM EFFECTIVENESS The NEPM continues to provide an effective tool in minimising the potential for adverse impacts associated with the movement of controlled waste on the environment and human health. A total of 63,921 tonnes of controlled waste in 4394 movements was reported this period as having been transported into NSW (Tables 2 and 4). This is a 34% reduction on the 97,304 tonnes and a 31% reduction on the 6325 movements in 200910. Table 1: Number of consignment authorisations issued by New South Wales Reporting year Consignment authorisations issued 200910 991 201011 730