The Victorian Government has announced $5.5 million in funding for the state’s EPA to better monitor waste and crackdown on illegal storage of industrial and hazardous waste.
The new plan will see the EPA switch to a fully electronic monitoring program, using GPS technology to better record the production, movement and receipt of industrial waste.
“The introduction of a fully electronic waste transport certificate system will enable EPA to better track the movement of waste by providing improved quality data, helping us to detect potential risks and intervene earlier,” EPA CEO Dr Cathy Wilkinson said.
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 integrated waste tracking tool will see improved data analytics and reporting will be developed over the coming 12 months, with the industry given a three month period to transition to the new system.