LEAD Action News
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

About Us
bell system lead poisoning
Contact Us
Council Lead Project
Library-Fact Sheets
Home Page
Media Releases
Referral Lists
Site Map
Slide Shows-Films
Useful Links

Visitor Number


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]

Hazardous waste

The following wastes have been pre-classified by the EPA as ‘hazardous waste’:

[among others]

- 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:

  • Determine whether the waste to be transported requires tracking (see the Waste that must be tracked fact sheet and the current list of exemptions).
  • Obtain prior approval to transport the waste in the form of a consignment authorisation (CA) issued by a person authorised to do so.
  • Create a transport certificate (TC) which must accompany the waste while it is being transported.
  • Complete the TC when the waste has arrived and been processed by the receiving facility.
  • Report any non-compliances to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

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

Contents | Next Item | Previous Item | Disclaimer

About Us | bell system lead poisoning | Contact Us | Council LEAD Project | egroups | Library - Fact Sheets | Home Page | Media Releases
| Q & A | Referral lists | Reports | Site Map | Slide Shows - Films | Subscription | Useful LinksSearch this Site

Privacy Policy | Disclaimer

Last Updated 19 July 2013
Copyright © The LEAD Group Inc. 1991- 2013
PO Box 161 Summer Hill NSW 2130 Australia
Phone: +61 2 9716 0014