Thursday, April 25, 2024

NHVR publishes draft code of practice for waste

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has published a consultation draft code of practice – the Waste and Recycling Code of Practice for Load Management – for feedback.

The document will be open for review from interested parties until 29 March 2024.

The Waste and Recycling Industry Code of Practice for Load Management is a practical guide that assists parties in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) for the transport of waste and recycling materials to comply with their primary duty and other obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), the Regulator said in a statement.

“It does this by identifying hazards and risks associated with waste transport and proposes controls that can be implemented to eliminate or minimise risk.”

“The code isn’t just for waste transporters. CoR parties in this sector include businesses and local councils that work with waste transporters, that manage waste disposal sites, or that produce, collect, process, or dispose of waste and recycling materials.

“Under the HVNL, it is not obligatory for a CoR party to implement the controls recommended in a registered code. So long as they are doing what is reasonably practicable to ensure safety, it doesn’t matter how they do it. However, if a party ignores hazards and risks that are identified in a registered code, or fails to implement sufficient controls, then a court can refer to a registered code as evidence of what the party is expected to know.”

NHVR will be running webinars from 11 – 22 March to allow councils the opportunity to discuss the code of practice and how it might impact operations.

If you would like to attend a webinar session, please use the below link to register:

Waste and Recycling webinar registration.

Read the draft code here.

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