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Richard Worsnop Chairman, Liquid Waste Contractors Special Interest Group, NZWWA Administrator, WasteTRACK. So what is ……. Waste TRACK. …… and why do we need it?. Why do we need a tracking system.

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Richard Worsnop

Chairman, Liquid Waste Contractors Special Interest Group, NZWWA

Administrator, WasteTRACK

so what is
So what is ……


…… and why do we need it?

why do we need a tracking system
Why do we need a tracking system
  • WasteTRACK has the potential to be key part of a hazardous waste management framework for New Zealand
  • The Ministry has identified a gap exists in tracking priority hazardous wastes from generation to disposal
  • Contracting industry has seen this as another way to help improve their industry
Very high proportion of hazardous wastes in NZ are liquids
  • Very high proportion of these are processed through wastewater systems (sewers & WWTP)
  • MfE have identified that mandatory tracking of priority hazardous wastes is likely to feature in a framework for managing hazardous wastes in NZ.
HSNO does not cover infectious wastes.
  • However infectious wastes are included in the DG rule.
  • Contracting industry feel that infectious wastes should be covered under HSNO.
  • The Ministry is currently looking at using Group Standards (that would be made following proposed changes to HSNO) to cover hazardous wastes.
what would it do
What would it do
  • Ensure the safe transportation of wastes to an approved location
  • Monitor & track wastes to prevent unauthorised discharge into natural environment
  • Collate information to assist central & local government in identifying priority waste management issues & develop good policy
  • Provide an even & competitive system for companies in the broader waste management industry
so how did we get to where we are
So how did we get to where we are
  • Visit Western Australia Dept of Environment
  • SMF funding available for a trial. Applied and were granted funding for a three month pilot to operate
  • Very short time to activate – not bad for suckers and dumpers
  • Used the original group of 12 (although really only had maybe 6 actively using) on voluntary basis
the system
The System
  • Web-based system can run on 14.4k modem
    • Instantly accessible
    • Instantly updatable
  • Will have 14-15 categories of waste that can be tracked
categories include
Categories include:
  • Biological Wastes e.g. animal wastes, septage wastes, grease wastes
  • Solid/Sludge Waste Requiring Special Handling e.g. asbestos, fly ash
  • Clinical and Pharmaceutical Wastes
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Cyanide
  • We are working on linking WasteTRACK categories to the UN classification / numbering system
how can waste track help with hazardous wastes
How can WasteTRACK help with Hazardous Wastes?
  • Reports on the amount of waste moving within a region
  • Reports on the amount of cross-boundary movement
  • Identify gaps in information ie. Materials that would be expected to be recorded via WasteTRACK but are not.
what else can we get
What else can we get?
  • Ability to locate the generators of hazardous wastes
  • Ability to determine the final destination of wastes
  • Ad-hoc reports are available through the Administrator
  • Ability to record information on hazardous waste disposed of as bulk liquid, packaged waste and direct from trade premises to sewer.










How does it work?

acking System

the waste generator
The Waste Generator
  • Must be registered in the system and obtain generator ID
  • Can look up carriers who can take waste away
  • Sign tracking form to verify waste is what they say it is
  • Can obtain a report on the final location of their waste
main issues for waste generators
Main issues for Waste Generators
  • Ownership of waste to remain with the generator
  • Generator and Transporter shall operate with a formal agreement
  • The generator shall be responsible for:
    • waste whilst it is on their site
    • health and safety and any site emergency on their site
    • identification of their waste
    • for contracting a suitable carrier
waste carrier is key to waste track
Waste Carrier is key to WasteTRACK
  • Carriers must be registered in the system
  • Vehicles must be registered in the system
  • Disposal/Treatment site must be registered in the system
  • Drivers are registered with all DG details
the final disposal treatment site
The Final Disposal/Treatment Site
  • Treatment/Disposal site won’t accept waste without a form
  • Treatment/Disposal site must check tracking form
  • Already have 6 WWTP indicating dates by which they will only accept waste from contractors using WasteTRACK.
the pilot study
The Pilot Study
  • Funded by SMF
  • To develop system and perform 3 month trial

This meant re-jigging the software to be a more NZ flavour, getting NZ based servers operational etc.

waste track in the first week
WasteTRACK in the first week
  • 3 Contractors
  • 100 Tracking Forms
  • 1,300,000 litres of waste tracked
  • We will show you shortly what has been recorded to date.
the next step
The Next Step

Following the success of the initial pilot MfE wants to see continuation of its development and use.

  • Expansion of WasteTRACK to include:
    • Hazardous Substances management (under HSNO)
    • Movement & use of Biosolids (that require regulatory approval for use)
    • The use of GPS to record hazardous waste movements and disposal / treatment locations.
so we are continuing
So we are continuing
  • MfE provide funding to operate for a further six months as an ongoing extension of the initial pilot.
  • Relocated servers / host and changed the way the administrative function is carried out.
Richard Worsnop

06 868 6007 or 027 287 0123

[email protected]

Chris Purchas

04 439 7429

[email protected]

Tracey Morgan

04 439 7422

[email protected]