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Property developers, construction companies, sub-contractors, and earthmovers have obligations as occupiers of sites to manage their waste materials, including soils being generated from the development and construction or demolition project.

If you are a soil cartage company, skip bin operator, or truck driver hauling construction waste you are considered to be a transporter of waste and can be guilty of an offence if the material is not delivered to an appropriate facility that can accept this material.

Wastes that often end up being dumped or illegally disposed of include:

  • fill material
  • bitumen
  • asphalt
  • brick
  • concrete
  • glass
  • asbestos

Asbestos can be found on a construction site in forms including cement pipes, pits, conduits, insulation coating on pipelines and underground tanks, or as fragments in the soil from past uses, and must be managed appropriately.

How do I legally manage these materials?

EPA has produced a series of industrial waste fact sheets designed to provide advice on the roles and responsibilities to managers of fill sites, generators of fill material and industrial waste and transporters. Download or print the whole series of industrial waste guidance fact sheets (publication 1624).

For additional information on how to manage contaminated sites during construction or rehabilitation projects, visit EPA and the Victorian WorkCover Authority’s industry standard for contaminated construction sites page.

Why are landfill levies important to the construction and demolition sector?

As a sector, the construction and demolition industry generates some of the highest volumes of waste material in Victoria. It also has some of the highest potential for reuse and recycling of this material. For example around two million tonnes of recycled crushed concrete is reused annually, for example in road and other infrastructure projects.

One of the key purposes of the landfill levy is to provide additional and ongoing funding to support efforts by government, industry and the community to reduce waste. Landfill levies create an incentive for waste generators to investigate ways to reduce the amount of waste they generate and dispose of to landfill.

Page last updated on 29 Jul 2019