Chemical waste will be electronically monitored from July 2019, under a Victorian Government crackdown on the illegal storage of hazardous material.
Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will invest $5.5 million to switch to a fully GPS electronic tracking system to better record the production, movement and receipt of industrial waste.
The EPA currently uses a mix of electronic and paper waste transport certificates – with up to 100,000 paper certificates received each year.
The new system will enable EPA to monitor the movement of waste more quickly and more accurately, compared to the paper certificates, which can be time consuming and difficult to process.
This move will see the EPA phase out the paper certificates by 1 July 2019, ensuring all certificates are recorded electronically.
A new integrated waste tracking tool, with improved data analytics and reporting, will also be developed over the next 12 months, to deliver insights on sector activity, trends and highlight potential illegal activity.
This best practice tracking system will be finalised by March 2020, so that industry has three months to transition before the new Environment Protection Act legislation comes into effect on 1 July 2020.
The new legislation will introduce modern surveillance devices, tougher penalties and a greater focus on industry responsibility and proactively managing risks to human health and environment.
Source: Vic Government