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The Central Australian remote landill operating manual : for use in communities of the Barkly, MacDonnell and Central Desert Regional Councils



The Central Australian remote landill operating manual : for use in communities of the Barkly, MacDonnell and Central Desert Regional Councils


Cafe, Michael

Issued by

Central Australian Waste Management Working Group


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT




Landfills in the Central Australian region have historically been subject to neglect and legacy issues that affect the efficiency, safety and health of landfill sites. This recognition led to the establishment of the Central Australian Waste Management Program being in 2012. This document is a practical guide intended to assist Council Managers, Works Supervisors and field staff to implement effective change at their landfill sites. The framework outlined in the Manual applies to remote landfills and will assist in long term improvements and functionality that will keep landfills operating well. The Manual helps put in place training for staff and ongoing management principles that will assist Councils in the task of maintaining healthy and well-functioning landfill sites.


This resource consolidates existing waste management resources that have been created by Central Desert, Barkly and MacDonnell Regional Councils. The Manual recognises the LGANT Waste Management Guidelines for Small Communities in the Northern Territory as a key document. This Manual has been produced as part of the Central Australian Waste Management Project 2012/13 funded by NT Department of Health, coordinated by Local Government Association NT and delivered by Central Desert, Barkly and MacDonnell Regional Councils.


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

Diagram reference table -- Introduction -- Construction and specifications -- Operation and disposal/recycling -- Staff training - Auditing and reporting -- Regulations and resources -- Work method statements 1-24 -- Forms




Refuse and refuse disposal -- Environmental aspects -- Northern Territory -- Central Australia Region; Refuse disposal facilities -- Northern Territory -- Central Australia Region; Waste disposal

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Local Government Association of the Northern Territory

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121 pages : colour illustrations, colour map ; 30 cm.

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Local Government Association of the Northern Territory



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Central Australian Remote Landfill Operating Manual 115 | P a g e MONTHLY LANDFILL AUDIT Location Date Assessor DESCRIPTION SCORE Condition Score Criteria 1. Entrance Road to landfill from Community 1-No Rubbish 2- Clean Up Required- Scheduled 3- Immediate clean up required 2. Landfill Fence 1-Complete- gates in order-no work required 2-Partial- needs repairs, or additions 3-None- Installation required 3. Landfill Operating Area 1-Public Access Controlled, separation bays in order, pit area locked off and tidy 2- Public access marked but not, poor traffic flow indicators, untidy site causing safety risks 3- Public can Access all of compound, no traffic flow indicators, significant safety risks 4. Pit Condition 1- Waste Cell methodology in place, Adequate cover fill, evidence of regular CONSOLIDATE-COVER-COMPACT 2-Poor practices evident-some listed waste present in pit, inadequate cover fill and compaction techniques 3-No obvious methodology in place, no covering or compaction, contains listed waste 5. Scrap Metal and tyres 1-Clearly marked steel/tyre area, consolidated regularly, safe from wind blow 2- Poorly defined area, poorly consolidated, dangerous to public 3- No clearly defined area, not consolidated, dangerous to public 6. Vehicles 1-Designated vehicle area, tidy. Well planned for 5 year collection, adjacent to current landfill site 2-More than one vehicle area, scattered over large area, close to or adjacent to current landfill site 3- No clearly defined vehicle area, other rubbish mixed with vehicles, not adjacent current landfill site 7. CarcassSeptic/Medical pits 1-Separate pits-fenced, away from main pit, clearly marked, covered with soil 2- Separate pits, not in landfill site, poorly signposted 3- No separate pits, carcasss presently in main pit 8. Public Drop Off Area 1-Separation bays sorted, signposted and free of impurities in place. General household rubbish bay clean 2-Separation bays present, untidy, not well sign posted, contain impurities 3-No separation bays for listed waste Assessors Notes:

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