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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?

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

  • 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 National Transport Commission Load Restraint Guide advises that the restraint system must be capable of withstanding the forces of acceleration and deceleration in a forward and rearward direction.

What sort of fines apply?

Under the Roads & Maritime Services website loads must be covered to secure and contain all materials within the vehicle or trailer. If you fail to cover and restrain your load effectively you may receive a fine totalling $439 and three demerit points.

Effective 1 July 2017

Offence

Fine

Demerit points

Drive/tow vehicle with unsecured load

$439

3

Drive/tow vehicle with load causing instability

$439

3

Drive/tow vehicle with overhanging load

$439

3

Not remove/have removed any thing fallen/put on road

$439

3

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.

Heavy fines apply for an uncovered load, including a $750 for an individual and a $1,500 for a corporation.

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.