RSRT begins inquiry into waste management sector

Tribunal may issue new requirements on parties in the waste management sector after finishing its investigations.

RSRT begins inquiry into waste management sector
Waste management is one of a number of sectors the RSRT will investigate in 2015.


The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) has targeted the waste management sector as the first of many to be investigated this year.

RSRT president Jennifer Acton says an inquiry into the sector’s practices will begin, and tribunal members Steve Hutchins and Paul Ryan have been tasked with carrying it out.

Waste management is one of a number of sectors to be looked at this year under the RSRT’s third annual work program.

The tribunal is also due to begin inquiries into the supermarket chain, long distance transport, the oil, fuel and gas sectors, and wharf and port operations in 2015.

Once it finishes examining practices in the waste management industry, the RSRT has the power to issue orders mandating terms and conditions parties must meet if it believes doing so will improve safety.

Acton says waste management covers the collection, transportation, handling, recycling and disposal of waste material and includes the operation of transfer stations, landfill sites, incinerators, recycling depots, yards or terminals, treatment plants and compost facilities.

Hutchins and Ryan will prepare interim and final reports on their findings, which the RSRT will use to determine if its intervention is required.

"An interim report from the inquiry will be presented to the President of the Tribunal and published on the Tribunal’s website for comment by interested persons, before the final report from the inquiry is presented and published," a statement from Acton says.

Those interested in making written submissions to the inquiry have until March 20 to do so.

Acton says the deadline for written comments in response to submissions is April 17.

The RSRT will also conduct hearings to give interested parties the opportunity to make oral submissions and comments.

Acton says details on locations, times and dates will be published on the RSRT’s website.

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