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Waste Facilities & Charges

TSIRC are trialling recycling on Warraber with the view to introducing it to our other communities.

Council collects household garbage twice a week.

There is currently no charge to dispose domestic waste at our tips.

For commercial rubbish disposal see our Register of Fees & Charges (PDF).

If you have questions on waste disposal and garbage runs, see your Divisional Engineering Officer (DEO) at your local Divisional Office.

We have an annual levy for a solid waste / garbage charge per bin for commercial properties.

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Future challenges

Given the land constraints in our communities, we've identified waste management as a pressing infrastructure planning issue.

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-term works on various islands, there remain risks caused by environmental factors, such as:

  • tidal inundation
  • insufficient land availability for landfill
  • burning of waste for volume reduction
  • migration of leachate to the surrounding environment.

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's 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 this, 60 per cent 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
  • 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, we're considering information on landfill, composting (windrow and in-vessel), bioreactors, incineration, pyrolysis and gasification on a regional basis.

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

Key issues within the communities surrounding waste management are:

  • banning of plastic bags
  • disposal of end-of-life vehicles
  • recycling cardboard, aluminium, steel and glass
  • cost of waste transport
  • quarantine issues.

We're also reviewing issues surrounding:

  • managing quarantine restrictions to enable productive recycling to occur
  • better organised waste disposal methods
  • review of what products are being brought to our islands.