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Unpacking the Waste and Recycling Code of Practice

In the continuous journey towards safer roads and responsible environmental practices, we released the draft Waste and Recycling Industry Code of Practice for Load Management (WLC) last month.

We encourage anybody who might have an interest to give us their feedback, so we can incorporate any necessary changes before the code is registered.

This practical guide was developed with the help of industry to drive better safety outcomes in this important and extremely busy sector.

It does this by pinpointing some of the hazards that are commonly encountered in waste transport activities and outlines proven control measures to reduce or completely avoid these risks.

Think of it as a strategic plan for keeping operations safe and efficient.

Like all sectors of the transport industry, managing risks on the road can only be achieved when off-road parties do their part, so this code is not just for transport operators.

If a business or organisation produces waste, or manages premises where waste is collected or delivered, or otherwise works with waste transporters, then it will be a party in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) for the safe transport of that waste.

The code will help you to analyse hazards that exist within your activities and how to manage them.

One of the most important things you can do is to maintain close communication with other parties in the CoR, who share with you the primary duty to ensure safety.

Development of the WLC was suggested by the Waste and Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ), with the support of their associations in other states and the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC).

Members of these organisations provided great advice on effective control measures and highlighted important hazards that have been identified.

As the period for providing feedback on the WLC draws to a close on March 29, it’s clear how important collaboration has been. 

We will soon review your feedback to further refine the WLC. Please note, submissions received after this date may be included in consideration of any amendments required.

Thank you to everyone who has assisted with development of this code so far.

Your participation is driving positive change in Australia’s waste and recycling transport sector, setting a foundation for safer and more sustainable practices for the future.

As we move forward, let’s continue to work together, embracing the changes and challenges ahead with a shared vision of safer roads and a cleaner environment.

  • David Hourigan is the chief safety and productivity officer at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

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