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VACC: Pay attention to new EPA rules
GoAuto News, Sandringham  by Neil Dowling
04 Aug 2021
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Chamber backs tighter environment regulations for auto wreckers and recyclers

THE Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is urging members and the automotive industry to review work practices in light of major changes recently made to the Victorian government's environmental legislation.

The new focus of the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) came into effect from July 1, 2021, and the VACC said the industry particularly auto recyclers and wreckers should review their current processes in order to minimise harm to human health and the environment from pollution and waste.

VACC CEO Geoff Gwilym said "this needed to happen".

"It's also a major step in the right direction towards an end-of-life vehicle scheme," he said.

"But for now, it's about properly supporting business owners and making sure they know what their new obligations are as well as what they face in terms of non-compliance repercussions." The VACC and Auto Parts Recyclers Association of Australia (APRAA) said tightening of EPA regulations is set to have a ripple effect across the automotive industry.

Dale Imlach, APRAA chairman and director of Imlachs Self Serve Auto Parts, said the rules will result in greater business transparency and accountability.

"The new EPA permission system requiring auto recyclers to be registered, combined with the requirement for vehicle dismantling and recycling activities to be undertaken at a 'lawful place' is set to vastly increase the transparency of auto recycling operations throughout Victoria," Mr Imlach said.

"We are encouraged that, with time and investment, a level playing field and environmental improvement can be achieved.

"The issue of unlicensed businesses undermining licensed businesses in our industry and the waste industry generally has constrained business development over the past 20 years." The Environment Protection Authority of Victoria said that work activities in the auto recycling industry that can produce pollution and waste include: Dismantling vehicles causing increased noise and vibration Draining liquids from vehicles Stockpiling baled vehicles on-site Use of equipment such as oxy cutters.

The EPA's "Auto recyclers guideline (publication 1810)" has an overview of potential environmental risks within the auto recycling industry and controls what managers can put in place to reduce any risk to human health and the environment.

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