Waste transport certificates are required under the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 to track the movement of prescribed industrial waste (PIW) from ‘cradle to grave’. Waste transport certificates enable information about the PIW waste to be passed on in the waste management chain, including the categorisation of the waste and who has had control of the waste.

It is the responsibility of the waste producer, transporter and receiver to ensure that a waste transport certificate is completed for each consignment of prescribed industrial waste within seven days, unless an exemption applies. A waste transport certificate has three sections that must be completed accurately and in full by the appropriate parties.

Part A and Part B of a WTC must be completed prior to the transport of PIW.

Producers are encouraged to complete Part A. EPA recognises business operating models vary, therefore transporters may complete and submit Parts A and B providing:

  • producers are provided with the information in Part A and B before the waste is moved
  • the producer's details are provided in the producer comment field in Part A.

Part B must be completed by the waste transporter or accredited agent.

Part C must be completed within seven days of receiving the waste by the waste receiver.

For information on the movement of waste interstate see Interstate transport.

How to get and use waste transport certificates

See help with waste transport certificates for information about:

  • how to get waste transport certificates
  • how to register on the EPA Interaction Portal to use waste transport certificates
  • help with using the EPA Interaction Portal
  • emergency waste transport certificates
  • why EPA is switching to electronic waste transport certificates. 

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This page was copied from EPA's old website. It was last updated on 24 September 2019.

Reviewed 25 August 2020