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Transporting waste tyres or asbestos

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

The Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 requires the transport of waste tyres or asbestos in NSW to be recorded from the place of generation to its final destination. Operators that use the EPA's WasteLocate system will be in compliance 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 video below for a short introduction to WasteLocate.

WasteLocate has been designed in consultation with industry representatives, relevant government agencies and local government. It allows the EPA to gather the 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 has been designed to operate 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 will be recorded in the system. Transporters can then record collecting and delivering the consignment simply by scanning QR2id codes displayed in fixed plates at collection and drop-off locations.

QR2id plates

All waste and recycling facilities receiving waste tyres and/or asbestos waste are required to display a unique QR2id plate to enable waste transporters to record the delivery of consignments. This information will then be automatically provided to the EPA in real time.

QR2id plates can also be used by 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 the waste tyre generator decides not to use a QR2id plate, WasteLocate will send a notification to the transporter instead.

All QR2id plates are registered to a specific location using GPS technology. Their use is mandatory for facilities receiving waste tyres and/or asbestos and optional for waste tyre generators.

Tyres transported from their place of generation to a retreader for recovery and resale as retreads are exempted from these requirements.  

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

Do the regulations apply to the transport of all waste tyres and asbestos?

The new regulations apply 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 are we required to do?

If you or your business organises or is involved with the transport of waste tyres or asbestos, above the minimum requirements, you will need to use the WasteLocate system. Every consignment will be accompanied by a unique code to enable users to record movements of waste tyres or asbestos within NSW.

Facilities that accept waste tyres or asbestos will be required to display a QR2id and will also be required to report any deliveries that are not accompanied by a WasteLocate QR2id code to the EPA.

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


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

More Information

The Asbestos and Waste Tyres Guidelines (PDF 136KB) contain full details of the requirements and your obligations.

More information is available:

  • Waste tyres - how the new regulations impact the tyre industry
  • Asbestos waste - how the new regulations impact those involved with transporting waste asbestos.
Page last updated: 10 May 2016