Waste tracking obligations

Under the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 waste handlers must submit waste tracking information when transporting regulated waste or waste residues. A complete list of trackable regulated wastes can be found in Schedule 2E of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008.

Waste tracking ensures that waste is transported and managed in a way that helps prevent illegal waste management activities, which may cause environmental harm.

You must hold an environmental authority (EA) under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 if you transport trackable waste commercially (of any amount) or if you transport 250kg or more of trackable regulated waste non-commercially. This allows you to conduct the environmentally relevant activity (ERA) 57 for waste transport and submit prescribed forms (PFs) for each load.

The facility receiving the waste must also hold an environmental authority (EA) and the relevant ERA(s) for either storage, recycling, treating or disposing of the waste.

The waste generator, waste transporter and waste receiver all have certain obligations that are set out under the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 and on the prescribed forms (PFs).

This guide explains who needs to track waste in Queensland, how to use the waste tracking system to meet your environmental obligations and penalties that apply.