Waste Management and Hazardous Materials

Classification of Liquid and Non-liquid Waste

Waste in the ACT is assessed and classified against the ACT's Environmental Standards: Assessment and Classification of Liquid and Non-liquid Wastes (June 2000) to ensure that the environment and human health are protected during waste management and disposal.

Disposal to Landfill

The disposal of contaminated material to landfill in the ACT requires the approval of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). A brief report that has been prepared in accordance with the EPA requirements and a completed Application/Approval for Disposal to Landfill must be submitted to the EPA for assessment and approval.

Movement of Controlled Waste National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM)

The Movement of Controlled Waste between States and Territories NEPM provides a comprehensive national system for monitoring and reporting all interstate movements of controlled waste.The system ensures that the controlled waste reaches the approved facilities for treatment, recycling, storage and/or disposal and thereby minimises impacts detrimental to the environment and human health.

Application for Consignment Authorisation

The waste producer must submit the following application for consignment authorisation prior to the transport of controlled waste between states and territories.

Scheduled Waste

Polychorinated biphenyls (PBCs), hexachlorobenzene (HCBs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) such as DDT, lindane, chordane, heptachlor, endrin, aldrin, entachlorophenol, isodrin, hexachlorophene, pentachloronitrobenzene and 2.4.5-T are classified as scheduled wastes.These chemicals are targeted for close attention by regulatory agencies because they are organic in nature; resistant to degredation by chemical, physical or biological means; toxic to humans, animals, vegetation and aquatic life; and bioaccumulate to humans, flora and fauna.

 Clinical Waste Manual

Clinical wastes are those wastes resulting from the treatment and care of people and animals, and include such things as hypodermic needles, scalpels, pipettes, (i.e. sharps), as well as tissue and fluid specimens, human, cytotoxic and veterinary drugs and pharmaceiticals (used or unused) and their wastes, and materials which have been in contact with these sorts of substances.The Clinical Waste Manual contains a minimum requirement for the storage, treatment, transport and disposal of clinical wastes.

Further information on waste and recycling can be found on the Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) website:

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