Asbestos tracker installed at Cessnock Waste and Reuse Centre

Cessnock’s Waste and Reuse Centre has installed an asbestos tracking plate as part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) new mandatory monitoring requirements to ensure asbestos waste ends up in the right place.

Cessnock’s Waste and Reuse Centre has installed an asbestos tracking plate as part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) new mandatory monitoring requirements to ensure asbestos waste ends up in the right place.

To help industry meet their obligations, the new online WasteLocate service is now available across all of NSW.  

Council’s Environment and Waste Manager Michael Alexander said there is great danger around asbestos movement and disposal in the Cessnock local government area.  

“Quite often asbestos is found in many illegally dumped loads, in bushland or remote locations where it is exposed to the atmosphere and fibres can easily become airborne,” Mr Alexander said.  

“This poses great health risks to all within a close proximity.”  

The EPA has introduced WasteLocate—an online reporting tool that is required for the movement of any load over 100kg of asbestos waste, or 10m² or more of asbestos sheeting.   

Transporters are required to register with WasteLocate and report movements of asbestos from the point of generation to the place of disposal, including disposal at Council managed waste facilities.   

“It’s a simple process and is similar in many ways to tracking parcels in the post.”  

To complete the process, waste facilities require a QR identification plate which transporters scan with their mobile device at the point of disposal.   

The EPA recently wrote to all companies and individuals licensed to carry out asbestos demolition or removal, reminding them of their obligations to report movements of asbestos.  

Council now has the tracking plate and QR code installed at the Cessnock Waste and Reuse Centre.  

For more information please visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au and search for ‘Waste Locate’.  

The Cessnock Waste and Reuse Centre is open seven days a week from 8.45am to 4.30pm and is located at 1967 Old Maitland Road Cessnock. The Centre can be contacted on 4993 4993.

9 March 2016