Cover Your Load

It is important that you transport your waste to your local waste facility responsibly.  Not only is it illegal to transport unrestrained loads on public roads, covering your load also prevents dust, soil and litter escaping and polluting our environment.  Heavier items such as construction waste or furniture may dislodge if not secured properly which, apart from degrading our environment, can cause an accident or damage other vehicles on the road.

Clause 70 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (Waste Regulation 2014) requires that:

  • waste that is transported by a motor vehicle or trailer, must be transported in a manner that avoids the waste spilling, leaking or otherwise escaping
  • waste must be covered during transportation unless the waste consists solely of waste tyres or scrap metal
  • the motor vehicle or trailer used to transport the waste must be constructed and maintained so as to avoid the waste spilling, leaking or otherwise escaping from the motor vehicle or trailer.

The National Transport Commission Load Restraint Guide advises that the restraint system must be capable of withstanding the forces that would result if the laden vehicle were subjected to each of the following separately:

  • 0.8 g deceleration in a forward direction,
  • 0.5 g deceleration in a rearward direction,
  • 0.5 g acceleration in a lateral direction, and to
  • 0.2 g acceleration relative to the load in a vertical direction

It is the responsibility of the transporter of the waste, the owner of the vehicle used to transport waste and the owner of any trailer used to transport waste to ensure that the load is secure. If you fail to secure your load effectively you may receive a fine totaling $439 and 3 demerit points.

Reporting litter from vehicles

NSW residents can report incidents of littering from a vehicle that they see.  Whether this be a cigarette butt being tossed from the car window, or litter flying out from an uncovered load, incidents such as these can be reported to the EPA by members of the public.  Reports from the public can result in the vehicles registered owner receiving a fine of up to $250.  To learn more or to make a report, visit the NSW EPA's website.