Tracking waste tyres and asbestos waste

The Integrated Waste Tracking Solution (IWTS) is the EPA’s new online system for tracking waste tyres and soon asbestos, within NSW.

All waste tyres and asbestos waste must be tracked when they are transported. This is generally when they are moved from the place of generation to a final destination. WasteLocate is the EPA’s current online system for tracking asbestos waste within NSW but is being phased out shortly.

The Integrated Waste Tracking Solution is replacing WasteLocate for tracking tyres and asbestos waste from September 2023

19 September 2023: The IWTS replaces WasteLocate for tracking new movements of waste tyres within NSW. Tyre consignments created in WasteLocate prior to 12am, 19 September 2023 should be completed in WasteLocate.

Date to be announced: Operators who use WasteLocate for tracking asbestos waste within NSW are required to use the IWTS from this date to meet their regulatory reporting requirements.

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Under clauses 76 and 79 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014, waste operators, transporters, and waste and recycling facilities must provide information to the EPA:

  • when consigning, transporting or accepting tyres with a total weight of more than 200 kilograms, or 20 or more tyres, in any single load; or
  • when 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.

To meet the clause 76 requirements, use the IWTS. It applies across all NSW for transporting waste tyres within NSW.

WasteLocate must continue to be used to meet clause 79 requirements. This will continue to apply for transporting asbestos waste within NSW.

If transporting waste tyres or asbestos waste interstate, other tracking requirements apply.

About the Integrated Waste Tracking Solution (IWTS)

The IWTS is a digital tool that enables waste consignors, transporters and receivers to track and report on all types of hazardous and regulated waste in one system.

The IWTS was designed in consultation with industry, government agencies and local government to make it easier for industry to meet their regulatory requirements for tracking waste. The IWTS supports a more data-driven and risk-based approach to regulating hazardous wastes.

To use the IWTS, follow the instructions at KPMG Origins before the transport of any waste tyres, including:

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About WasteLocate

  • 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 of asbestos waste 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 of asbestos waste 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.
  • Consignors and transporters of asbestos waste must register to use WasteLocate. Online registration takes 2-3 minutes. Following registration you will get an email confirming that your account has been set up.
  • Waste and recycling facilities do not have to register to use the system.

Using WasteLocate

  • Asbestos waste transporters enter details of the transport of asbestos waste in WasteLocate.
  • Waste and recycling facilities licensed to accept asbestos waste must prominently display their fixed QR2id location plate with the facilities assigned QR2id codes at waste drop-off locations. Find out more about QR2id plates.
  • Transporters of asbestos waste 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. 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 a third party is used to remove and transport asbestos waste for a householder, the householder:

  • has a right to ask whoever removes the waste for a WasteLocate consignment number
  • can use this consignment 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 the asbestos waste and waste tyres within NSW
  • enforcement and compliance activities are targeted, while the impact on businesses obeying the law is minimised.

It is an offence:

  • if consigning and transporting waste tyres above the minimum thresholds, to not report that information to the EPA. The EPA has had the IWTS designed to facilitate those reporting obligations. Please note, tyre consignments created in WasteLocate prior to 19 September 2023 should be completed in WasteLocate.  
  • if consigning and transporting asbestos waste above the minimum thresholds, to not report that information to the EPA using WasteLocate
  • for waste facilities that accept asbestos waste to not display a QR2id code and plate
  • to not report deliveries:
    • of asbestos waste that are not accompanied by a WasteLocate QR2id code to the EPA
    • of waste tyres that are not tracked using the IWTS.

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

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