Cover Your Load

Always ensure that when you are transporting waste your load is adequately covered, or you could face being fined. To report on uncovered loads, call Council on (02) 4560 4444.

Uncovered loads of waste can spill onto the road creating both safety hazards and pollution to the environment.

If you are carrying waste you need to make sure that:

  • The load is covered and tied down
  • You know what you are carrying
  • Dust and other debris are not being blown off the load
  • The waste is not spilling or leaking onto the road
  • The waste is deposited at a landfill or resource recovery facility that can legally accept it


The Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2005 requires waste transported by a vehicle to be covered during its transportation. Ensure waste is transported safely and covered or risk a fine of $500

  • Heavy objects, such as bricks, rocks and concrete from vehicles that are uncovered, can dislodge and cause an accident or damage other vehicles on the road
  • Uncovered loads of waste that spill onto the road create litter and dust that can cause breathing and vision problems for other road users such as cyclists, motorbike riders and pedestrians
  • Dust, soil and litter that escape from uncovered vehicles can pollute the environment

If waste is illegally dumped and harms the environment, the maximum penalty is $5 million or 7 years' jail

Transport waste to a lawful place

The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 requires waste to be transported to a place that can lawfully accept it. The owner of the waste and the transporter are each guilty of an offence when waste is transported to a place that cannot lawfully be used as a waste facility.

Uncovered waste loads impact directly on other road users and the environment. Illegally dumped waste also harms the environment: only transport waste to a lawful place.

Avoiding fines and penalties

  • Know what types of waste are carried on your vehicle
  • Check the council development consent and environment protection licence for the waste facility to make sure it can lawfully accept the waste
  • Provide the waste facility with details of the waste (classification, origin and quantity)
  • Ensure any vehicle used for the transportation of waste is constructed and maintained to prevent spillage of waste
  • Check the containers used to transport waste are secured safely on the vehicle
  • Ensure that any waste that is transported by a vehicle is covered during its journey (unless the waste consists solely of tyres and/or scrap metal)
  • Keep accurate written records such as:
  • Details of the waste (classification, name and address of its origin and quantity
  • Copies of waste dockets/receipts for the waste facility (date, time of delivery, name and address of the facility, it's ABN, contact person)

For more information view the Office of Environment and Heritage's Important information for waste transporters and the waste industry.


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