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Waste tyre monitoring and licensing

The Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 introduces new requirements relating to transport and licensing thresholds for the storage and processing of waste tyres.

The Waste Regulation requires consignors and transporters of waste tyres to monitor the movement of waste tyres within NSW. These requirements will apply to loads of waste tyres greater than 200 kilograms or more than 20 waste tyres, whichever weighs less.

The EPA has developed an online system called WasteLocate to ensure waste tyres are managed lawfully in NSW and assist the transporters and generators of these materials to fulfill their legal obligations.

WasteLocate uses QR codes accessible through mobile devices to monitor the movement of waste tyres from their place of generation, to a lawful receiving facility.

The WasteLocate page has more information on this new tool and the tyre flyer explains how it affects the waste tyre industry.

The thresholds at which the storage and processing of waste tyres requires an environment protection licence issued by the EPA have also reduced significantly. The changes to thresholds are listed in the following table.

Activity Previous thresholds Current thresholds
Waste storage - waste tyres More than 50 tonnes of waste tyres or 5000 waste tyres stored on-site at any one time More than 5 tonnes of waste tyres or 500 waste tyres stored on-site at any one time
Waste processing /Resource recovery Involves having more than 50 tonnes of waste tyres on-site at any one time
Involves processing more than 20 tonnes of waste tyres per day or 5000 tonnes of waste tyres per year
Involves having more than 5 tonnes of waste tyres or 500 waste tyres on-site at any one time
Involves processing more than 5000 tonnes of waste tyres per year

The EPA has also removed the requirement for transporters to hold an environment protection licence for the interstate transport of waste tyres.

What problem led to the change?

The EPA recently conducted a compliance campaign on the waste tyre industry that identified a number of compliance issues relating to the unlawful transport, storage and disposal of end-of-life tyres. The inappropriate management of tyres poses significant risks to human health and the environment. In particular, illegal dumping or unlawful stockpiling of tyres can result in fires and be a haven for vermin and mosquitos.

The EPA has lowered the licensing threshold for the storage of waste tyres and developed the WasteLocate system to monitor the movement of tyres to ensure end-of-life tyres are being sent to lawful facilities.

When do new facilities need to hold a licence?

Facilities are required to hold and environment protection licence from 1 August 2015.

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Page last updated: 01 September 2015