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Waste and recycling

How to apply for a resource recovery order and exemption

Where no resource recovery order or resource recovery exemption is currently available for the intended use of a waste material, an application can be made to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in accordance with the following guidelines on resource recovery exemptions.

The EPA grants resource recovery orders and resource recovery exemptions where the application of a waste material to land, its use as a fuel, or use in connection with a process of thermal treatment is a bona-fide, fit-for-purpose, re-use opportunity rather than a means of waste disposal. They enable the use of these waste materials outside some of the requirements of the waste regulatory framework, such as the need to hold an environment protection licence.

Before you apply

We strongly recommend you contact the EPA and discuss your proposal with us before starting work on your application. Contact Environment Line on 131 555.

We also advise that, where necessary, you consult with other consent authorities before submitting your application. For example, your proposal may require planning consent.

The EPA cannot consider your application unless you address all the necessary criteria using the format provided in the guidelines. After receiving your application, the EPA may ask you for further information to make its decision.

Guidelines on resource recovery exemptions

Guidelines for applying for a resource recovery exemption to enable the land application of a waste material as fill or as a fertiliser or soil amendment:

Guidelines for applying for an energy recovery exemption for the use of a waste material as a fuel:

More information

For more information or to discuss your proposal, please contact Environment Line on 131 555

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Page last updated: 14 January 2015