|LEAD Action News Volume
13 Number 4, June 2013, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News (ISSN 1440-0561)
The Journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.
Editorial Team: Elizabeth O’Brien, Zac Gethin-Damon, Hitesh Lohani, Shristi Lohani and David Ratcliffe
Info Pack - NSW Used Lead Acid Battery (ULAB) Waste
State Government Guidelines
Collated by Elizabeth O’Brien, BSc (Sydney), Grad Dip Health Education
The key reference that you need to be aware of when organising transport of leaded waste in NSW is: "Waste Classification Guidelines: Part 1: Classifying Waste" by Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) NSW http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/waste/09281classifywaste.pdf and the key sections of the Guidelines relating to used lead acid batteries (ULABs) are as follows:
Step 3: Is the waste pre-classified?
If the waste is neither special nor liquid waste, establish whether the waste has already been classified by the EPA. Some commonly generated wastes have been pre-classified as hazardous waste, general solid waste (putrescible) or general solid waste (non-putrescible). Wastes that have been classified by the EPA cannot be reclassified by any other party.
The following wastes have already been classified by the EPA.
[Reference: page 11 of 30]
The following wastes have been pre-classified by the EPA as ‘hazardous waste’:
- lead-acid or nickel-cadmium batteries (being waste generated or separately collected by activities carried out for business, commercial or community services purposes)
According to “Waste Tracking Fact Sheet: Protecting the environment and your business - Waste that must
be tracked” by Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) NSW, at http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/owt/trackwaste07522.pdf :
Wastes included in Table 1 must be tracked when transported within NSW or interstate.
Table 1 includes:
Waste code B100 - Acidic solutions or acids in solid form; and
Waste code D220 - Lead; lead compounds.
At http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/owt/index.htm you will find the following guidance:
Steps in waste tracking:
The EPA has developed an online waste tracking system to enable CAs and TCs to be created and updated online. A single printed copy of the TC must accompany the waste during transport but it can be created online and printed when needed. The online tracking system is secure and a user ID and password are needed to access it. There is no charge for using the system.
In the “Waste tracking for waste transporters fact sheet” at http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/owt/transporters07523.pdf it says:
“Waste transporters are responsible for ensuring that high-risk waste is transported only after all the necessary documents and checks have been completed....
A consignment authorisation is issued to a waste consignor (either a waste producer or their authorised agent) by DECC or by an approved receiving facility. It allows the transport of specified waste from a consignor to a receiving facility. It can cover multiple loads and remain valid for up to one year. A separate transport certificate must accompany each load of waste transported....
A waste transport certificate is a document containing required information about a load of waste and must accompany that load of waste during transport. It includes information about the waste, the consignor, transporter and receiving facility. Users of the DECC’s online waste tracking system can create a transport certificate using the system.”
ULABs to be recycled by either RMT (Renewed Metal Technologies Pty Ltd, an Enirgi Metal Group company) in Wagga Wagga or Australian Refined Alloys Pty Ltd (ARA, owned by Enirgi Group) in Alexandria in Sydney are collected by Orbitas collection company – phone 1300783978 or see www.orbitas.com.au
The third lead recycler (and collector) in NSW is Hydromet Corporation Pty Limited at Unanderra (in Wollongong) – phone 42711822 or see www.hydromet.com.au
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