Tracking & transporting waste - WasteTracker
The transport of some wastes presents a high risk to the environment. These wastes must be tracked when transported into, within or out of SA. The waste consignor (producer), transporter and receiving facility all have obligations to ensure that the waste is properly tracked.
Steps in waste tracking
- Determine whether the waste to be transported requires tracking (see the Waste that must be tracked fact sheet).
- Obtain prior approval to transport the waste in the form of a consignment authorisation (CA) issued by a person authorised to do so.
- Create a transport certificate (TC) which must accompany the waste while it is being transported.
- Complete the TC when the waste has arrived and been processed by the receiving facility.
- Report any non-compliance to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
The EPA has obtained an online waste tracking system (from NSW EPA) to enable CAs and TCs to be created and updated online. A single printed copy of the TC must accompany the waste during transportation but it can be created online and printed when needed. The online tracking system is secure and a user ID and password are needed to access it. There is no charge for using the system.
Tracking requirements for waste being transported between SA and other states and territories are legislated under the Environment Protection (Movement of Controlled Waste) Policy 2014. The tracking requirements are essentially the same as within SA except that CAs for waste being transported from SA to another state or territory must be obtained from the environment agency in that state or territory.
Import and export of hazardous waste is regulated by the Commonwealth. For more information on interstate or overseas waste movements, see the Transporting interstate and overseas fact sheet, the Controlled Waste NEPM and the Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
Additional information on waste tracking, at various levels of detail, is available on this website. Unless you are already familiar with waste tracking requirements in SA, the EPA recommends that you read the introductory fact sheets first to gain an understanding of waste tracking requirements as they relate to your circumstances. Producers of waste wanting to send their waste to a treatment or disposal facility are particularly advised to read the fact sheets on waste tracking for waste producers.
Additional information available on this website
- Introductory fact sheets on waste tracking
- Overview of online waste tracking
- Complete guide to online waste tracking