Tyres that are used, rejected or unwanted are classified as ‘waste tyres’ and need to be managed responsibly. This includes casings, seconds, shredded tyres or tyre pieces. Tyres that are retreaded or intended to be used for retreading or recycling must also be managed as waste tyres. The NSW Government supports Tyre Stewardship Australia and the national Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme.
Dispose of waste tyres to a lawful place
Section 143 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) requires that waste must be transported to a place that can lawfully accept it.
Tyre retailers, tyre retreaders and the waste tyre transporter can each be guilty of an offence when waste tyres are transported to a place that cannot lawfully be used as a waste facility.
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There are now requirements under the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 for tracking loads of waste tyres greater than 20 tyres, or 200kg within NSW. The online tracking tool WasteLocate has been developed to allow both generators and transporters record the required information.
Check where your waste is going
Regularly check that waste tyres from your business are taken to a lawful place. At a minimum the facility must have consent from council to operate.
- It will have a consent number issued by the council in which it is located. You can and should check this number with council.
- If it is a large facility it will have an environment protection licence.
Search the POEO Act public register to identify whether the waste facility has an environment protection licence under the POEO Act (if required) to accept waste tyres for storage, processing or disposal.
Keep written records
Keep accurate written records to prove that your waste tyres are taken to a lawful place.
You should record and retain the following information:
1. Details of the waste transporter
- Company name and address
- Vehicle registration
- Driver details
- Date and time of transport
- Quantity of tyres
Regularly confirm with the waste transporter, in writing, where your waste tyres are being disposed.
2. Details of the waste facility
- Name and address of the waste facility where the tyres are processed or disposed
- Contact person (name and phone number)
- Environment protection licence number (if required)
- Details about the development consent (if required)
Keep any records such as dockets or receipts from the waste facility.
You can be asked to supply information
Keep written statements from your waste transporter and the waste facility (such as a letter identifying where your waste tyres are disposed or processed).
Be warned. At any time you can be asked to supply information about the transport and disposal of your waste tyres.
Getting consent to process waste tyres
A company wishing to start operating a waste tyre processing facility must first contact the local council and ensure the activity is permitted in the proposed location. Council will then refer the application to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) if required.
Resource recovery order and exemption for waste tyres
The EPA has issued a resource recovery order (PDF 71KB) and exemption (PDF 57KB) to enable the lawful land application of waste tyres.
Report illegal dumping
If you suspect someone is illegally dumping tyres or taking them to place that cannot lawfully accept waste tyres, see Reporting illegal dumping or contact Environment Line on 131 555.
- The NSW Fire Brigades Guidelines for Bulk Storage of Rubber Tyres (PDF 475KB) has minimum requirements for the storage of rubber tyres, including those in an open yard or within buildings and structures
- Tyres that are transported to interstate destinations are required to be tracked in accordance with laws in NSW
- For more information about how to manage waste tyres, contact your local council or Environment Line on 131 555.
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Page last updated: 01 September 2015