Interstate trackable waste received

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Key finding

About 87% of the trackable waste received in Queensland from other Australian states and territories in 2014-2015 came from New South Wales.

Trackable waste includes environmentally damaging materials listed in Schedule 2E of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008. While all trackable wastes are regulated waste, not all regulated wastes are trackable.

The movement of trackable waste into Queensland from another Australian state or territory requires departmental approval before the transportation may commence. Upon approval, a consignment number is allocated to the load which must be included on waste tracking documentation.

Trackable waste received from other Australian states and territories accounts for about 1% of the total waste received by Queensland facilities. The majority comes from New South Wales (87%).

The amount of trackable waste received from interstate sources increased from about 13,000 tonnes in 2011-2012 to about 33,000 tonnes in 2013-2014 and about 33,600 tonnes in 2014-2015. Landfill gate fees in Queensland fell following the abolition of the waste levy on 1 July 2012: higher landfill costs in New South Wales were the likely motivator for a cross-border flow.

The largest waste groups included:

  • mineral oil
  • waste disposal and treatment residuals.

While the amount of waste transported into Queensland has increased over the past four years, it accounts for a very minor component of the total amount of waste received by Queensland facilities.

More information:

Indicator: Total tonnage of interstate trackable waste received

Tonnage of interstate trackable waste received for each year period 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. For 2014-2015, this is broken down as a proportion of material type content.

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