Kempsey Development Control Plan 2013

Procedure 1.1.3 Updated 10 January 2017

Chapter B16: Site Waste Minimisation and Prevention (continued)

1 - Introduction

1.1 Scope of this Chapter

This chapter applies to development on all land and waters within the Kempsey local government area.

This chapter applies to the following types of development that may only be carried out with development consent or a complying development certificate:

  • Demolition;
  • Construction; and
  • Changes in use.

This chapter does not apply to Development Application and Construction Certificate applications for the following development:

  • Subdivisions not involving any works; and
  • Low intensity rural uses.

Only the sections relating to demolition and construction apply to dwelling houses and other low-scale forms of residential development.

The Council or an accredited certifier must have regard to the provisions of this chapter in issuing a complying development certificate.

Preparation of a Site Waste Minimisation and Management Plan (SWMMP) is not required for exempt development (as defined by Council). However, persons carrying out exempt development are encouraged to minimise the generation of waste in the construction and operation of any such use or activity and deal with any waste generated in accordance with the objectives herein.

1.2 Relationship to Other Chapters

The provisions contained in Chapters included in Parts C, D, E and F of this DCP override the provisions of this Chapter to the extent of any inconsistency.

1.3 Background of this Chapter

Waste and resource consumption is a major environmental issue and a priority for all levels of government within Australia. This is particularly the case as landfill sites become scarce and the environmental and economic costs of waste generation and disposal rise. Government and society alike are exposed to the issue of managing the increasingly large volumes of waste generated by our society.

Sustainable resource management and waste minimisation has emerged as a priority action area and a key in the quest for Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD). Critical actions in this regard include the following (moving from most desirable to least desirable):

  • avoiding unnecessary resource consumption;
  • recovering resources for reuse;
  • recovering resources for recycling or reprocessing; and
  • disposing of residual waste (as a last resort).

The building and construction industry in particular is a major contributor to waste, much of which is still deposited to landfill. The implementation of effective waste minimisation strategies has the potential to significantly reduce these volumes.

Effective waste planning and management can also benefit the builder/developer. Some of the benefits of good waste planning and management include:

  • reduced costs;
  • improved workplace safety;
  • enhanced public image; and
  • compliance with legislation such as the Protection of the Environment Operation Act 1997 that requires waste to only be transported to a place that can lawfully accept it.