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Demolition company fined $3,000 for failing to use mandatory WasteLocate tracking system for asbestos waste

Media release: 14 April 2016

Demolition company Perfect Demo Pty Ltd has become the first business to be fined by the NSW EPA for failing to register waste loads on the mandatory waste tracking system WasteLocate.

WasteLocate was introduced in October 2015 and requires the mandatory registration and tracking of potentially harmful tyre and asbestos waste that is above specified threshold limits.

In February 2016 Perfect Demo failed twice to undertake this registration process when it removed asbestos waste from two separate home demolition sites in Cronulla and Arncliffe.

Following an investigation by the EPA Perfect Demo has been fined $1,500 for each offence.

EPA Senior Manager for Waste Compliance Chris McElwain said that there is no excuse for not using the WasteLocate system which is free to use and a legal requirement for waste operators and contractors.

“WasteLocate has been designed to help the EPA track and trace waste loads of tyres and asbestos that pose potential risks to the community and the environment when not disposed of safely and legally,” Mr McElwain said.

“Use of the system by waste operators and contractors is as simple as downloading the app on to a smartphone or tablet and registering the load to generate a QR2id code which is scanned at a waste or recycling facility.

“This is now a legal requirement for all loads of asbestos over 10 square metres or more than 100kgs in weight, and for more than 20 tyres or loads that weigh more than 200kgs.

“Perfect Demo was able to provide the EPA with receipts to show that the asbestos waste had been lawfully disposed of in both instances, so there is no reason that they shouldn’t have logged these movements into WasteLocate and saved the EPA the investigation time and themselves the penalty.”

Any person, including householders or small business operators, who generate asbestos waste above the threshold, should ensure that the person transporting this waste, registers the load on WasteLocate. They should ask the transporter for the unique consignment ID for that load before waste is removed from their property. This will allow the generator to track the waste. If a unique ID isn’t provided the contractor or transporter should be reported to the EPA on 131 555 for investigation.

Penalty notices are just one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance, including formal warnings, licence conditions, notices and directions, mandatory audits, enforceable undertakings, legally binding pollution reduction programs and prosecutions.

For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy at: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm.

For more information about WasteLocate visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wasteregulation/transport-asbestos-tyres.htm 

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 14 April 2016