Important Information When Covering and Transporting your Waste Load

Waste is not just rubbish and unwanted material but also includes:

  • Excavated material such as dirt, sandstone and soil
  • Construction, building and demolition waste, such as asphalt, bricks, concrete, plasterboard, timer and vegetation
  • Asbestos and contaminated soil
Transport Waste Safely

Clause 49(c) of the The Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2005 requires waste transported by a vehicle to be covered during its transportation.

Ensure waste is transported safely and covered or risk a fine of $750

  • Heavy objects, such as bricks, rocks and concrete from vehicles that are uncovered, can dislodge and cause an accident or damage other vehicles on the road
  • Uncovered loads of waste that spill onto the road create litter and dust that can cause breathing and vision problems for other road users such as cyclists, motorbike riders and pedestrians
  • Dust, soil and litter that escape from uncovered vehicles can pollute the environment

Transport Waste to a Lawful Place

Section 143 of the Protection of the Environment operations Act 1997 requires waste to be transported to a place that can lawfully accept it.

The owner of the waste and the transporter are each guilty of an offence when waste is transported to a place that cannot lawfully be used as a waste facility.

Uncovered waste loads impact directly on other road users and the environment. Illegally dumped waste also harms the environment: only transport waste to a lawful place.

If waste is illegally dumped and harms the environment, 
the maximum penalty is $5 million or 7 years jail

How to Avoid Risk in Hefty Fines or Prosecution

  • Know what type of waste are carried on your vehicle
  • Check the council development consent and environment protection licence for the waste facility to make sure it can lawfully accept the waste
  • Provide the waste facility with details of the waste (classification, origin and quantity)
  • Ensure any vehicle used for the transport of waste is constructed and maintained to prevent spillage of waste
  • Check the containers used to transport waste are secured safely on the vehicle
  • Ensure any waste that is transported by a vehicle is covered during its journey (unless the waste consists solely of tyres and or scrap metal)
  • Keep accurate written records such as: 
a)  details of the waste (classification, name and address of its origin and quantity)
b) copies of waste dockets/receipts for the waste facility
(date, time of delivery, name and address of facility, its ABN, contact person)

For more general information from the EPA visit their website or download the brochure - Important information for waste transporters and the waste industry (695KB) 

Also check out some of these images from YouTube.

Although this is American footage, the message is universal.....
Cover Your Load!