How to apply for an exemption
EPA grants resource recovery exemptions where the application of a waste material to land or its use as a fuel is a bona-fide, fit for purpose, reuse opportunity rather than a means of waste disposal. An exemption facilitates 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.
The guidelines below provide an assessment framework and application structure for any person applying to the EPA for a resource recovery exemption to enable the use of waste as a fuel or the land application of a waste material as fill or as a fertiliser or soil amendment.
Proponents wishing to apply for a resource recovery exemption must, in accordance with these guidelines, demonstrate the waste material is of benefit in its proposed use and poses minimal risk of harm to the environment or human health.
Applications cannot be considered unless they address all the necessary criteria in the format provided in the guidelines. EPA may request further information from the applicant as deemed appropriate to inform its decision.
Proponents are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposal with the EPA prior to commencing work on an application. Proponents are also advised to consult, where necessary, with other relevant consent authorities regarding the proposal prior to submitting an application.
For any queries or to discuss your proposal, please contact the EPA's Environment Line on 131 555.
Guidelines on resource recovery exemptions
Guidelines on Resource Recovery Exemptions (Land Application of Waste Materials as Fertiliser or Soil Amendment)
Guidelines on Resource Recovery Exemptions (Land Application of Waste Materials as Fill)
Guidance Note: Assessment of Non-Standard Fuels
Page last updated: 12 July 2012