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Environment Protection Authority

Environmental Issues

Waste and recycling

Waste lead acid batteries

In addition to the general regulatory requirements relating to waste, the following regulatory requirements apply to waste lead acid batteries.

Licensing requirements

  • An environment protection licence is required to transport loads exceeding 200 kg of waste lead acid batteries.
  • An equivalent interstate licence is recognised for transporting waste lead acid batteries between NSW and other states or territories. An interstate licence is not valid for transporting waste lead acid batteries solely within NSW.
  • There are also requirements under dangerous goods legislation that apply to transporting waste lead acid batteries.
  • An environment protection licence is required to store waste lead acid batteries received from offsite. Some exemptions apply – see Guide to licensing.
  • An environment protection licence is required to treat, process or reprocess waste lead acid batteries.

Waste tracking requirements

  • Waste lead acid batteries destined for re-use that are transported solely within NSW are exempt from waste tracking requirements (Exemption 2006-E-2).
  • Waste lead acid batteries transported between NSW and another state or territory must be tracked.
  • Acid contained within waste lead acid batteries is not subject to the liquid waste levy.

Recycling and disposal services

More information

Contact Environment Line on 131 555.

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Page last updated: 14 January 2015