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Waste tracking for waste transported outside of NSW

Under the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 the EPA has introduced requirements for waste consignors and waste transporters to track waste transported interstate.

From 1 March 2015, waste tracking requirements will apply to more than 10 tonnes of waste generated from the metropolitan levy area (MLA) that is transported outside NSW.

Waste consignors and transporters will be required to use the existing EPA online waste tracking system to lodge details about the consignment, including details of the interstate facility receiving the waste. Limited exceptions apply.

What led to the change?

Other than high-risk waste types, the EPA does not have robust data on the type or the amount of waste currently being transported to other states. Robust waste data is essential in setting and evaluating the State's recycling and resource recovery targets, and for calculating current and future waste disposal trends.

The new requirement will allow the EPA to gather data on these waste movements in the most efficient and cost-effective way using the current online waste tracking system.

How will these changes affect waste consignors and transporters?

The expansion of waste tracking requirements to all waste transported interstate is not an 'export permit' requirement.

Waste consignors and transporters will not be required to obtain a consignment authorisation from the EPA or an interstate authority for the transport of low-risk waste materials, and no obligations will be placed on the receiving facility. The only obligation on waste consignors and waste transporters will be to provide details on the consignment using the EPA's online waste tracking system.

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Page last updated: 21 April 2016