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Don't be a Tosser - Cover Your Load

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has announced Round Four of the NSW EPA Council Litter Prevention Grant Program with $1.25 million available to NSW councils as part of the Waste Less Recycle More initiative. Wagga Wagga City Council has been successful in obtaining $39,095 of their grant funding for the Don't be a Tosser, Cover your Load Project.

Why do I need to cover my 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 loads 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.

What is the difference between covering and restraining my load?

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.

Loads must be restrained so that they can withstand forces of acceleration and deceleration when in motion. All loads must be restrained with either tie downs, ropes, or the like as advised by the National Transport Commission Load Restraint Guide.

Depending on your waste, your load must be covered to prevent spilling, leaking or escaping. Waste is not just rubbish or unwanted material items, it also includes excavated material, such as dirt, sandstone, soil and vegetation. Clause 70 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (Waste Regulation 2014).

What sort of fines apply?

The below table indicates various fines that can be applied for uncovered loads. For more information please follow the link to the Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) website and NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) website.

Effective 1 July 2017

AuthorityOffenceFineDemerit Points
RMSDrive/tow vehicle with unsecure load$4393
RMSDrive/tow vehicle with load causing instability$4393
RMSDrive/tow vehicle with overhanging load$4393
EPATransporting waste that could spill, leak or escape from a vehicle of an individual$750-
EPATransporting waste that could spill, leak or escape from a vehicle of a corporation$1,500-

Under the NSW EPA website the Clause 70 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (Waste Regulation 2014) states it is the responsibility of the transporter of the waste, the owner of any motor vehicle used to transport waste and the owner of any trailer used to transport waste. Only one person will be liable, and there are some exceptions to the offences.

Reporting litter from a vehicle

If you see someone littering from a vehicle, you can report them and a fine of $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation can be issued.

To report littering from a vehicle online you need to:

  • Have actually seen the litter thrown, blown, from the vehicle
  • Be able to provide the vehicle registration details and the location where the littering took place
  • Report the incident within 14 days
  • Register the first time you make a report

To learn more or to make a report, visit the NSW EPA's website

This project is a NSW EPA waste less, recycle more initiative funded from the waste levy.