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Transporting waste tyres or asbestos waste

WasteLocate is an online system to monitor the transport and management of waste tyres and asbestos waste within NSW.

The Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 requires the transport of waste tyres or asbestos waste in NSW to be recorded from the place of generation to its final destination. Operators must use the EPA's WasteLocate system to comply with these requirements.

By monitoring the movement of these wastes, the EPA aims to help create a level playing field for all participants and a healthier environment for all.

Watch the short video below to find out more about WasteLocate.

WasteLocate was designed in consultation with industry representatives, relevant government agencies and local government. It allows the EPA to gather information on the movement of these wastes within NSW and better target enforcement and compliance activities, while minimising the impact on lawful businesses.

QR2id codes

QR codeWasteLocate uses scanning technology, so that operators can use their smartphone or tablet to record movements of consignments - with no need to manually re-enter or update details.

The system operates using QR2id codes, which are similar to the two dimensional barcodes often found on adverts or on brochures enabling readers to visit a website simply by scanning the code.

Details of consignments of waste tyres and asbestos waste are recorded in the system. Transporters then record collecting and delivering the consignment simply by scanning QR2id codes displayed on fixed plates at collection and drop-off locations.

QR2id plates

All waste and recycling facilities receiving waste tyres and/or asbestos waste display a unique QR2id plate to enable waste transporters to record the delivery of consignments. This information is then automatically provided to the EPA in real time. The use of QR2id plates is mandatory for facilities receiving waste tyres and/or asbestos waste.

QR2id plates are also used by some waste tyre generators (e.g. retail outlets) where regular or after hours pickups are made, allowing the transporter to quickly scan the plate and select the consignments assigned to them. If a waste tyre generator has decided not to use a QR2id plate, WasteLocate only sends a notification to the transporter instead. The use of QR2id plates is optional for waste tyre generators.

All QR2id plates are registered to a specific location using GPS technology. Every consignment is accompanied by a unique electronic code to enable users to record movements of waste tyres or asbestos waste within NSW.

Tyres transported from their place of generation to a retreader for recovery and resale as retreads are exempted from these requirements, if retreading of tyres is the only waste-related activity undertaken at the premises.

Download the QR2id Location Plate Installation Factsheet (PDF 1MB) for more information on QR2id plates.

Does the Waste Regulation apply to the transport of all waste tyres and asbestos waste?

The Waste Regulation applies to all loads that are transported within NSW of:

  • waste tyres greater than 200 kilograms or more than 20 waste tyres, whichever weighs less
  • more than 100 kilograms of asbestos waste or more than 10 square metres of asbestos sheeting.

What happens if we do not use the system?

If you or your business organises or is involved with the transport of waste tyres or asbestos waste, above the minimum thresholds, you are required to use the WasteLocate system, and failure to do so is an offence.

Facilities that accept waste tyres or asbestos waste are required to display a QR2id and report any deliveries that are not accompanied by a WasteLocate QR2id code to the EPA. Failure to do so is also an offence.

The EPA can use a range of regulatory tools, including fines, to ensure compliance.

I am new to the waste tyres/asbestos waste industry, how do I register or order a QR2id plate?

To register to the system and order your QR2id plates, please visit the WasteLocate website. For technical support, please contact Amtac Professional Services on 1800 420 380 or at

User Guides

WasteLocate has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use. Three user guides provide specific details on how to use the system if you are a waste tyres consignor, waste tyres transporter or an asbestos transporter:


The EPA has issued two exemptions relating to the requirements to use WasteLocate:

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Page last updated: 28 February 2017