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New South Wales Minister for Environment Gabrielle Upton

Tough Laws And Lower Fees For Asbestos Disposal

Victor P Taffa

New South Wales Government wants to make it tougher to illegally dump asbestos and easier to safely remove it.

Minister for Environment Gabrielle Upton said the draft New South Wales Asbestos Waste Strategy will target the 3 things that drive illegal asbestos dumping:

  • Awareness,
  • Convenience,
  • Cost.

“We want to make it easier and cheaper to do the right thing, strengthen regulation and penalties, close loopholes and disrupt illegal business models.” Minister Upton said.

“New South Wales Government is committed to reducing illegal dumping by 30% by 2020 and this strategy is just one of the actions to fulfil that commitment.”

“In particular, we want to make the legal disposal of bonded asbestos cheaper and easier in New South Wales so the community and environment are safeguarded.” Minister Upton said.

New measures up for consultation include:

  • Investigating the removal of the waste levy from separated bonded asbestos waste
  • Closing loopholes for transporters and increasing transparency of waste generators
  • Strengthening sentencing provisions and collecting the monetary benefits gained through illegal business models
  • Increase the penalties for not complying with directions from the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
  • Expanding the tracking of waste vehicles transporting asbestos
  • Increasing education about the effects of illegal dumping and improper disposal of asbestos waste
  • Increasing the number of ways wrapped bonded asbestos can be properly disposed
  • Creating additional regulatory actions to deter unlawful behaviour,
  • Increasing the risk and consequence of being caught illegally disposing of asbestos waste.

Research commissioned by the EPA revealed the cost and inconvenience of legal disposal as major why asbestos is being illegally dumped.” Minister Upton said.

“It is important that the community, local government and industry have a say on how asbestos waste is dealt with in New South Wales. We want to make sure the solutions we put in place will work for everyone.” Minister Upton said.

Consultation closes on 20 November, 2018.


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