Victorian EPA issues resin pellet guidance

In June 2018, the Victorian EPA published a fact sheet to assist businesses that produce, transport or use plastic resin pellets to manage the pellets and implement risk control measures. The loss of plastic resin pellets during manufacturing and transportation has been highlighted as contributing significantly to the microplastics load in Port Phillip Bay, and the EPA's guideance states that pellets not managed and are disguarded intot he environment can form the basis of an offence under the Environment Protection Act 1970. Any person that fails to contain their pellets faces a fine of more than $7,500 or up to $777,3000 if prosecuted. Businesses involved in the production, transport, storage, handling, use or disposal of pellets may be liable to enforcement action if they fail to manage the risk of pellets escaping. For more information visit the EPA's website.

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