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Using WasteLocate in the asbestos waste industry

Important information for the building industry, transporters and waste facilities.

Asbestos transporters and facilities receiving asbestos waste must report the movement of asbestos waste to the EPA. To help industry meet their legal obligations, the EPA developed an easy to use online tool, WasteLocate. If you are involved with the transport or disposal of asbestos waste in NSW, or arranging the transport of asbestos waste in NSW, you must use WasteLocate.

WasteLocate can be accessed from tablet computers and smartphones by visiting the WasteLocate website or by scanning a QR2id code. WasteLocate generates a unique EPA consignment ID that allows each load to be monitored from the place of generation to the site of disposal.

WasteLocate is designed for use on internet-connected tablets or smartphones running the latest versions of browsers Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. For best results, please check you are using the latest version of your browser.

A diagram provides an overview of how WasteLocate works for handling asbestos waste.

Why is WasteLocate needed?

Airborne asbestos is a health hazard. Illegal dumping of asbestos may lead to increased exposure of individuals to asbestos fibres. Waste transporters are required to report the movement of more than 100 kilograms of asbestos waste of more than 10 square metres of asbestos sheeting within NSW. WasteLocate has been developed in consultation with industry to facilitate compliance with the new requirements. By working together we will create a level playing field for industry participants and a healthier environment for us all.

If you are involved with transporting, or arranging the transport of asbestos waste in NSW you must use WasteLocate. To register please visit the WasteLocate website. Heavy penalties apply for not using WasteLocate.

QR2id code

WasteLocate uses QR2id codes, similar to standard QR codes. These two dimensional bar codes can be scanned with smartphones or tablet computers by using any QR scanning app.

New consignments

Each load of asbestos waste needs to have a unique EPA consignment ID, which you must generate using WasteLocate. To create a new consignment, log into WasteLocate and follow the on-screen prompts to record the details. You can create consignments to be collected immediately or scheduled for pick up at a later time.

Transport

Clause 79 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (waste) Regulation 2014 requires waste transporters to provide information to the EPA regarding the movement of any load in NSW of more than 10 square meters of asbestos sheeting, or 100 kilograms of asbestos waste. To fulfil these legal obligations, asbestos waste transporters must use WasteLocate.

When you collect a consignment, you need to check the details in WasteLocate and make sure they accurately reflect the load you are moving. Once you're satisfied the details are correct, follow the on-screen prompts.

At the point of collection and delivery of asbestos waste, GPS location details from the smartphone or tablet computer must be recorded by WasteLocate. Please tap 'allow' when prompted for your location.

Delivery consignments

When you arrive at the waste facility, you must scan the QR2id plate displayed at the gate or weighbridge and log into WasteLocate to confirm delivery of the load. If there is more than one consignment on board, the WasteLocate application makes it easy to choose one or more loads being delivered.

Waste facilities

All drivers delivering asbestos to your facility need to scan a QR2id code to confirm delivery. All waste facilities in NSW that accept asbestos waste must display a WasteLocate plate with a unique QR2id code for that facility. Waste facilities staff can order weather resistant unique QR2id plates from the WasteLocate website or by calling 1800 420 380. Your QR2id plate should be displayed prominently so drivers can easily access it for scanning.

You must report to the EPA the registration numbers of vehicles that deliver asbestos without using WasteLocate. More information is provided in the Asbestos and Waste Tyres Guidelines.

User Guide

WasteLocate has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use. A user guide provides specific details on how to use the system if you are an asbestos transporter:

Exemptions

The EPA has issued an exemption relating to the requirements to use WasteLocate for asbestos contaminated soil:

This exemption is temporary until 30 September 2017.

WasteLocate support

WasteLocate: FAQs
WasteLocate website
Phone: 1800 420 380
Email: WasteLocate@QR2id.com

Page last updated: 21 March 2017