As community expectations for environmental protection mounts, waste disposal and recycling has become an area of increased focus for businesses.
Our highly-regarded environment and planning team has extensive experience advising clients on the challenges and opportunities associated with waste and resource recovery in all its forms, including recycling, waste to energy facilities, landfill and organic waste disposal.
Our broad expertise enables us to provide significant insights into emerging technologies in the waste sector and guide our clients through the regulatory requirements across Australia.
Advising local government in response to a comprehensive environmental audit of over 30 waste facilities, including addressing matters of non-compliance, responding to regulator investigations and avoiding compliance action against Council. This included briefing Council staff on regulator’s powers and requirements in preparation for regulator inspections of over 20 of the facilities.
Advised MWRRG on each of its collaborative waste services procurements over the past 10 years or more. We were first engaged by MWRRG as part of its Stage 1 review of its procurement model, which included the suitability of that model for use for larger-scale projects. We were subsequently appointed as MWRRG’s sole Stage 2 advisers to undertake a detailed review and reworking of MWRRG’s contract documentation to address perceived deficiencies. Since then we have been MWRRG’s legal advisor through multiple collaborative procurements, responding to the unique issues arising in each case and adapting the contract documentation as required to meet bidders’ demands and unforeseen exigencies arising during the tendering process. This work has spanned the South East Organics, Eastern Organics and Central and Western Recyclables procurements, each involving multiple contractors, and includes current work preparing the supporting contract documentation for the Residual Services RFT.
Provide extensive advice on an investigation into the unlawful disposal of drug waste, including attending numerous interviews with police officers, negotiating an enforceable undertaking and drafting reforms to the Protection of the Environment Waste Regulation 1997 seeking an urgent EPA exemption and drafting an amendment the Infrastructure SEPP.