QUESTION: Why are material disposal certificates not required for used lead acid batteries [in NSW]? 23/02/12 New South Wales, Australia
Why are material disposal certificates required for the disposal of used tyres, used oil and coolant and not for used lead acid batteries??? doesn't make sense? i took some batteries to a metal recycler and he told me they are not required yet. please explain - and who should i talk to about this?
ANSWER: Mar 1 2012
that was a very good question you asked. And here is the answer from NSW EPA (see below).
Subject: WHY ARE MATERIAL DISPOSAL CERTIFICATES NOT REQUIRED FOR USED LEAD ACID BATTERIES [in NSW]
Re your inquiry; clause 51 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2005 exempts transport of waste lead acid batteries and waste hydrocarbon oil destined for reuse from the tracking requirements of the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act.
Waste tyres are not required to be tracked in NSW, but must be tracked when transported interstate.
With recent application of the EPA’s internet based On-line Waste Tracking (OWT) it is expected the exemption for waste lead acid batteries will be revoked requiring them to be tracked via OWT.
See “About online waste tracking” at http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/owt/aboutowt.htm
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