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What Are My Options For Transporting Waste From My Business?

April 22, 2022

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What Are My Options for Transporting Waste from My Business in Melbourne?

If your business generates waste, you need an effective waste management plan for removing that waste from your facility. Usually, this involves hiring waste management professionals to pick up the waste and transport it to a waste transfer station.

Outside of routine rubbish pick-up, there are many caveats for proper waste disposal and transport in Melbourne. What if your business produces a special classification of waste? Or, what if you are a commercial waste facility that needs better processes for handling hazardous waste?

In this article, Wastech Engineering breaks down waste transport license requirements, hazardous waste disposal regulations and how your facility can ensure safe and environmentally-friendly waste disposal.

Waste Transport Regulations in Victoria

Victoria requires that waste transporters meet certain requirements to minimise risk to public health and safety. To qualify for a waste transport license, you must meet the general environmental duty requirements, which mandate that you:

  • Safely contain waste materials
  • Carry compatible materials on a single vehicle
  • Develop a plan to prevent and clean spills

Waste transport regulations in Victoria also clarify waste duties for the transportation of general waste, industrial waste, priority waste and reportable priority waste. These duties include:

  • Sending waste to a lawful place and not dumping it illegally
  • Tracking waste transportation
  • Designating proper waste classification and declaration of use
  • Safely handling priority waste and hazardous waste and obtaining an EPA waste transport permit

Transporting Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste storage, transport and disposal require companies to adhere to stricter safety standards. When handled incorrectly, hazardous waste poses a threat to human and environmental health.

There are four categories of hazardous waste:

  • Ignitable waste: can catch fire easily
  • Corrosive waste: can break down other materials
  • Reactive waste: can react with other substances and release toxic gases or explode
  • Toxic waste: is poisonous to living things

If your business produces hazardous waste, you need to develop a plan to store the waste on-site. Furthermore, you must ensure it is transported to the proper facilities. Hazardous waste transportation companies and facilities must obtain an EPA waste transport permit to ensure they safely handle high-risk materials.

Why Is Proper Waste Transport Important?

Optimising waste storage, sorting and transport ensure different kinds of waste material end up at the ideal facilities for processing. These steps guarantee that we maximise our recycling capabilities, safely handle hazardous waste and reduce costs of dumping rubbish in landfill.

No matter where your business falls along the waste life cycle – whether you generate, transport or handle waste materials – you must be aware of the other steps. For instance, a waste transfer station that handles waste materials should understand how to safely transport those materials to the right facilities after sorting them.

Learn More About Waste Transport Options

If your company is interested in optimising waste storage and transport in Australia, Wastech Engineering can help. For businesses, we provide waste management equipment to ensure you properly sort and store waste on-site. For commercial waste facilities, Wastech Engineering provides industrial equipment, design and transfer trailers to ensure you efficiently process and transport waste.

To learn more about safe, sustainable waste management options in Australia, call us on 1800 465 465 or find more information online.


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