Tracking waste tyres and asbestos waste in NSW

Waste tyres and asbestos waste must be tracked when they are transported from their place of generation to their final destination. WasteLocate is EPA’s online system for tracking waste tyres and asbestos waste within NSW.

Under clauses 76 and 79 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014, waste operators, transporters, and waste and recycling facilities must use WasteLocate when

  • consigning, transporting or accepting tyres with a total weight of more than 200 kilograms, or 20 or more tyres, in any single load
  • consigning, transporting or accepting more than 100 kilograms of asbestos waste, or more than 10 square metres of waste asbestos sheeting, in any single load

WasteLocate applies across all NSW for transporting waste tyres or asbestos waste within NSW.

If transporting waste tyres or asbestos waste interstate, use the EPA's online waste tracking system.

About WasteLocate

WasteLocate was designed in consultation with industry, government agencies and local government.

Watch the short video to find out more.

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  • WasteLocate is designed for use on devices running the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Although it can be used with desktop and laptop computers, transporters must use a smartphone or tablet that connects to the internet to record on-road details.
  • In areas without mobile reception, an offline mode will be available for consignors and transporters to create consignments and make deliveries. Once they have reached a mobile reception area, the system will upload the data.
  • WasteLocate uses scanning technology, in the form of QR2id codes, which are similar to the two-dimensional barcodes often found on adverts or brochures.
  • Waste consignors and waste transporters must register to use WasteLocate Online registration takes about 2-3 minutes and they will get a confirmation email to let them know your account has been set up.
  • Waste and recycling facilities do not have to register to use the system unless they consign waste tyres to another location in NSW.

Using WasteLocate

  • Waste tyre consignors enter details of the transport of waste tyres in WasteLocate and assign the job to a transporter.
  • Asbestos waste transporters enter details of the transport of asbestos waste in WasteLocate.
  • Waste and recycling facilities licensed to accept waste tyres and asbestos waste must purchase fixed QR2id location plates from WasteLocate or from Amtac Professional Services by phoning 1800 420 380 or emailing These plates will have facilities’ personalised assigned QR2id code on them, and must be displayed prominently at waste drop-off locations. Find out more about QR2id plates.
  • Waste transporters must use a QR scanning app on their smartphone or tablet to scan the QR2id plates at waste delivery facilities. Transport details are automatically recorded in the system. QR2id plates are also available at some tyre retail outlets for transporters to scan the pick-up of consignments. Alternatively, pick-ups must be recorded by logging into the system.

Householders’ use of WasteLocate

  • If householders’ waste load of asbestos is above the thresholds in clause 79 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation (POEO Waste Regulation), they must engage a removalist licensed by SafeWork NSW to do the job. These contractors must register for and use WasteLocate.
  • If the householder is transporting waste tyres above the thresholds in clause 76 of the POEO Waste Regulation, they must register for and use WasteLocate.

The householder

  • has a right to ask whoever removes the waste for a WasteLocate consignment number
  • can use this number to track the load to make sure it has reached its intended destination.

If the contractor does not give the householder a consignment number when requested, they can report the operator to the EPA on 131 555 for investigation.

EPA monitors compliance

The EPA monitors these wastes to ensure

  • consistency and certainty for the waste industry
  • a healthier environment for everyone
  • the EPA is kept informed on the movement of these wastes within NSW
  • enforcement and compliance activities are targeted, while the impact on businesses obeying the law is minimised

It is an offence

  • to not use WasteLocate if consigning and transporting waste tyres or asbestos waste above the minimum thresholds
  • for waste facilities that accept waste tyres or asbestos waste to not display a QR2id code and plate
  • to not report deliveries that are not accompanied by a WasteLocate QR2id code to the EPA

The EPA can use a range of regulatory tools, including fines, to ensure compliance.

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