Waste that needs to be tracked

Waste consignors must determine if their hazardous waste must be tracked during transport and disposal. 

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Table 1: Waste descriptions and codes for waste that must be tracked when transported within NSW or interstate

Waste description

Waste code

Acidic solutions or acids in solid form

B100

Antimony; antimony compounds

D170

Arsenic; arsenic compounds

D130

Barium compounds (excluding barium sulphate)

D290

Basic solutions or bases in solid form

C100

Beryllium; beryllium compounds

D160

Boron compounds

D310

Cadmium; cadmium compounds

D150

Ceramic-based fibres with physico-chemical characteristics similar to those of asbestos

N230

Chlorates

D350

Chromium compounds (hexavalent and trivalent)

D140

Clinical and related wastes

R100

Cobalt compounds

D200

Containers and drums that are contaminated with residues of substances referred to in this list

N100

Copper compounds

D190

Cyanides (inorganic)

A130

Cyanides (organic)

M210

Encapsulated, chemically-fixed, solidified or polymerised wastes

N160

Ethers

G100

Filter cake

N190

Fire debris and fire wash waters

N140

Fly ash

N150

Halogenated organic solvents

G150

Highly odorous organic chemicals (including mercaptans and acrylates)

M260

Inorganic fluorine compounds excluding calcium fluoride

D110

Inorganic sulfides

D330

Isocyanate compounds

M220

Lead; lead compounds

D220

Mercury; mercury compounds

D120

Metal carbonyls

D100

Nickel compounds

D210

Non-toxic salts

D300

Organic phosphorous compounds

H110

Organic solvents excluding halogenated solvents

G110

Organo halogen compounds—other than substances referred to in this Table or Table 2

M160

Perchlorates

D340

Phenols, phenol compounds including chlorophenols

M150

Phosphorus compounds excluding mineral phosphates

D360

Polychlorinated dibenzo-furan (any congener)

M170

Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin (any congener)

M180

Residues from industrial waste treatment/

 

disposal operations

N205

Selenium; selenium compounds

D240

Soils contaminated with a substance or waste referred to in this Table

N120

Surface active agents (surfactants), containing principally organic constituents and which may contain metals and inorganic materials

M250

Tellurium; tellurium compounds

D250

Thallium; thallium compounds

D180

Triethylamine catalysts for setting foundry sands

M230

Vanadium compounds

D270

Waste chemical substances arising from research and development or teaching activities, including those which are not identified and/or are new and whose effects on human health and/or the environment are not known

T100

Waste containing peroxides other than hydrogen peroxide

E100

Waste from heat treatment and tempering operations

 

containing cyanides

A110

Waste from manufacture, formulation and use of

 

wood-preserving chemicals

H170

Waste from the production, formulation and use of

 

biocides and phytopharmaceuticals

H100

Waste from the production, formulation and use of inks,

 

dyes, pigments, paints, lacquers and varnish

F100

Waste from the production, formulation and use of organic solvents

G160

Waste from the production, formulation and use of photographic chemicals and processing materials

T120

Waste from the production, formulation and use of resins, latex, plasticisers, glues and adhesives

F110

Waste from the production and preparation of pharmaceutical products

R140

Waste mineral oils unfit for their original intended use

J100

Waste oil/water, hydrocarbons/water mixtures or emulsions

J120

Waste pharmaceuticals, drugs and medicines

R120

Waste resulting from surface treatment of metals and plastics

A100

Waste tarry residues arising from refining, distillation, and any pyrolytic treatment

J160

Waste substances and articles containing or contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, polychlorinated napthalenes, polychlorinated terphenyls and/or polybrominated

 

biphenyls

M100

Waste of an explosive nature not subject to other legislation

T200

Zinc compounds

D230

 

Table 2: Waste descriptions and codes for waste that must be tracked when transported interstate only

Waste description

Waste code

Animal effluent and residues (abattoir effluent, poultry and fish processing wastes)

K100

Asbestos

N220

Containers and drums that are contaminated with residues of waste referred to in this Table

N100

Grease trap waste

K110

Sewage sludge and residues including nightsoil and septic tank sludge

K130

Soils contaminated with a substance or waste referred to in this Table

N120

Tannery wastes including leather dust, ash, sludges and flours

K140

Tyres

T140

Wool scouring wastes

K190

Hazard characteristics and dangerous goods properties of trackable waste

If the waste to be transported does not appear in Tables 1 or 2 but has the hazard characteristics described in Table 3, the waste must be tracked. Table 3 also provides the Dangerous Goods Class and UN Code that you can get from the characterisation of the waste.

If the waste does not exhibit any of the hazard characteristics in Table 3, it does not need to be tracked.

It is the waste consignor’s responsibility to show that the waste does not exhibit any of the hazardous characteristics in Table 3, if they decide not to track the waste.

Table 3: Hazardous characteristics and dangerous goods properties

Dangerous Goods Class (UN Class)

UN Code

Characteristics

1

H1

Explosive: Solid or liquid substance or waste (or mixture of substances or wastes) which can, through the chemical reaction of producing gas at such a temperature and pressure and at such a speed, damage the surroundings.

3

H3

Flammable liquids: The word ’flammable‘ has the same meaning as ’inflammable‘. Flammable liquids are liquids, or mixtures of liquids, or liquids containing solids in solution or suspension (for example, paints, varnishes, lacquers) but not including substances or wastes, which give off flammable vapour at temperatures of 60.5 degrees Celsius or less using the closed-cup test, or of 65.6 degree Celsius or less using the open-cup test.

4.1

H4.1

Flammable solids: Solids or waste solids which when transported are readily combustible, or may cause or contribute to fire through friction.

4.2

H4.2

Substances or wastes liable to spontaneous combustion: Substances or wastes which can spontaneously combust when transported, or heat up in contact with air and then catch fire.

4.3

H4.3

Substances or wastes which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases: Substances or wastes which, by interacting with water, are liable to become spontaneously flammable or emit flammable gases in dangerous quantities.

5.1

H5.1

Oxidising: Substances or wastes which, while not necessarily combustible, may, generally by emitting oxygen, cause or contribute to the combustion of other materials.

5.2

H5.2

Organic peroxides: Organic substances or wastes which contain the bivalent-O-O structure are thermally unstable and may undergo exothermic self-accelerating decomposition.

6.1

H6.1

Poisonous (acute): Substances or wastes liable to cause death or serious injury through skin contact, or harm human health if swallowed or inhaled.

6.2

H6.2

Infectious substances: Substances or wastes containing viable micro-organisms or their toxins which are known or suspected to cause disease in animals or humans.

8

H8

Corrosives: Substances or wastes which, through chemical action, will cause severe damage when in contact with living tissue, or in the case of leakage, will materially damage, or even destroy, other goods or the means of transport; they may also cause other hazards.

9

H10

Toxic gases in contact with air or water: Substances or waste which, when in contact with air or water, are liable to give off toxic gases in dangerous quantities.

9

H11

Toxic (delayed or chronic): Substances or wastes which, if they are inhaled or ingested or if they penetrate the skin, may involve delayed or chronic effects including carcinogenity.

9

H12

Ecotoxic: Substances or wastes which, if released, have or may have immediate or delayed adverse impacts on the environment through bioaccumulation, or toxic effects on biotic systems.

9

H13

Could emit another material which possesses H1–H12: Substances or wastes which, after disposal, could emit another material, e.g. leachate, which possesses any of the characteristics listed above.

Other reasons

Could have a significant adverse impact on ambient air quality.

Could have a significant adverse impact on ambient marine, estuarine or fresh water quality.

Note: UN Class and UN Code relate to the hazard classification system included in the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods as used in Australia.

The EPA’s online tracking system is an easy, quick way of creating relevant documents and meeting waste tracking requirements

When waste does not need to be tracked

The EPA exempts certain types of waste from some or all tracking requirements under certain circumstances.

In addition, waste does not have to be tracked under the following conditions

  • waste is being transported in an emergency to protect human health, the environment or property
  • waste is being transported for analysis relating to waste categorisation or research; in this instance, the transportation and use of waste must have been approved by the EPA
  • waste is being transported by pipeline
  • residue of a substance is being transported in a container, if the container will be refilled with the same type of substance and the substance in the refilled container is intended for reuse
  • a farm’s owner or occupier are transporting unwanted chemicals from a farm to a collection place provided by a collection scheme approved in writing by the EPA
  • waste is being transported in accordance with a product recall approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, Food Standards Australia New Zealand or the Therapeutic Goods Administration of the Commonwealth

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