Waste reporting

Waste facilities in NSW are required by law to submit various reports to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

Waste reporting requirements in NSW

Reporting is required:

  • to pay the waste contribution under section 88 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act), referred to as the ‘waste levy’. Operators must submit a waste contribution monthly report (WCMR) to the EPA to report on all waste received and waste sent for recycling.
  • to help the EPA collect important data on the types of waste disposed of and materials that are recycled and re-used
  • to demonstrate compliance with the conditions of an environment protection licence. As part of the requirements under Schedule 1 of the POEO Act, a facility that holds an environment protection licence is required to submit an annual return.
  • to track hazardous waste within NSW and interstate – see Tracking hazardous waste for those reporting requirements and necessary forms.


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