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Waste management

Last updated August 2022

This chapter outlines your legal obligations to safely manage the handling, removal and receipt of waste.

You have obligations to manage waste under:

  • health and safety legislation; and
  • environmental law.

Health and safety legislation

All organisations in every state and territory owe a duty of care under health and safety legislation to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, a safe working environment. This extends to the safe management of waste.

Important: Each organisation within the waste management chain must ensure they properly and safely manage waste in accordance with health and safety laws.

A number of organisations are involved in the waste chain, including:

  • waste producers;
  • waste transporters; and
  • waste receivers.
Tip: The safe and efficient management of waste can not only result in a safer work environment but also cost savings from reduced waste production and decreased disposal costs.