Submitting waste tracking information
Under the Environmental Protection Regulation 2019, waste handlers (generators, transporters and receivers of regulated waste) have obligations under the waste tracking provisions to ensure that regulated waste is managed safely. These obligations begin from the time the waste is produced and continue until it is disposed of, or otherwise processed.
Waste tracking information (prescribed information) must be recorded and submitted to the Department of Environment and Science (DES) using the prescribed form.
Prescribed forms for waste movements
You can fulfil your waste tracking requirements using the following methods (prescribed forms):
- single online submission via Connect
- bulk upload data file via Connect
- paper waste transport certificates (WTC).
Fees apply when submitting waste tracking information.
Moving trackable waste within Queensland
Connect is DES' digital platform for online services and transactions, including waste tracking information, helping to reduce paperwork for business and industry.
You will need to register as a customer before submitting your forms using Connect's Online Waste Tracking system.
Paper waste transport certificates
Paper WTCs can be purchased from DES.
Waste tracking certificate buyback scheme
As part of the WTC buyback scheme, waste handlers who move to Connect will receive 50 credits into their Connect account when unused WTC books, in 'as new condition', are returned. The 50 credits equal 50 digital waste movements.
Moving trackable waste into and out of Queensland
Queensland into another state or territory
If you move waste from Queensland to another state or territory, you must submit paper certificates. Interstate waste transport certificates can be purchased from DES in lots of 10.
Another state or territory into Queensland
If you intend to transport regulated trackable waste from another jurisdiction into Queensland, you must first apply to the department for a consignment number authorisation. You will also have to record and submit waste tracking information to the department. This can be satisfied using relevant paper documentation methods from the jurisdiction in which the trackable waste originates.
Appointing agents for waste tracking
As a waste handler, you may appoint an agent to act on your behalf to meet your waste tracking obligations.
To appoint an agent to act on your behalf, you must enter into a specific agreement with the person. This agreement is binding and must be provided to DES on request. More information is available in the guideline on agents agreements (PDF, 73KB).
Audits and penalties
As a waste handler, you may be audited to ensure you are complying with your environmental and waste tracking obligations. This includes being appropriately authorised to transport or receive regulated waste, and submitting completed WTCs. Penalties apply if you don't comply with the waste tracking provisions.