Solid Waste Management

The present

Household waste collection
Collection of household waste generally occurs twice weekly, check with your Divisional Office  to find out which days of the week your rubbish is collected.
Recyclables collection
Recycling currently only occurs at Warraber but may be introduced in to other communities in the near future
Waste facilities and charges
There is currently no charge to dispose of domestic waste at Council’s tips

The future
Over the past decade a number of studies into waste management practices including strategies and action plans in the region have been completed, most of which identify many communities with landfill sites as requiring urgent actions to mitigate community health risk. However despite the completion of critical short terms works on various islands, risks caused by environmental factors such as tidal inundation, insufficient land availability, in landfill. burning of waste for volume reduction and migration of leachate to the surrounding environment remain.

A recent waste management pilot program, undertaken at Warraber Island has provided some key insights into waste management in the region.

Previous action plans included options such as a regional landfill, incineration and composting.
Waste generation in the region is mainly domestic, however construction and demolition waste is also an issue. There is limited commercial and industrial waste generated.

Previous reports and audits have indicated that on average 430kg of waste per person per year is generated in the region of which 60% is made up of recyclable and compostable materials.

There are a number of constraints associated with waste management in the region. In particular these relate to transport and logistics, quarantine issues, legislation and physical constraints including tidal inundation, sandy soils and land availability.

The waste hierarchy of reduce, reuse, recycle and disposal also needs to be considered in any decision involving waste management.

There are a number of alternative waste technologies available. In particular, information on landfill, composting (windrow and in-vessel), bioreactors, incineration, pyrolysis and gasification are under consideration by Council and on a regional basis.

A major investigation to determine appropriate solutions for the region is currently underway.