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Interstate trackable waste received

Key finding

About 93% of the trackable waste received in Queensland from other Australian states and territories in 2015–2016 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 (93%) comes from New South Wales.

The largest waste groups included:

  • mineral oil
  • waste disposal and treatment residuals.

Trackable waste from interstate sources had increased more than 300% to about 52,209t between 2011-2012 and 2015–2016. Abolition of a waste levy on 1 July 2012 saw landfill gate fees in Queensland fall, creating a potential motivator for cross-border flow from New South Wales.

While the amount of waste transported into Queensland has increased over the past four financial 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 from 2011–2012 to 2015–2016. For 2015–2016, this is broken down as a proportion of material type content.

Download data from Queensland Government data

Last updated 12 February 2020