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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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The Central Australian Remote Landfill Operating Manual 18 | P a g e Or is Trevor backloading anything that we can use? - Trevor Ultimately would be best to locate a shipping container onsite to store and transport tyres (and ultimately electronic goods). Legacy Waste Complete removal of metal from Council legacy waste pile Wet down and remove asbestos-laden soil from same pile. Bury in Asbestos pit. Take asbestos handling kits - Geof Take our personal asbestos handling gear - Geof Ensure fire trailer available for wet down - Trevor Pluck large tree trunks to separate pile at Green Waste site (DO NOT PUSH UP ONTO DIRT MOUND) Use dozer to push up remaining dirt piles onto northern bund. Erect car bonnet signs No dumping here and Danger, possible asbestos. Monitor closely for several months, cracking down and charging for any further dumping. Erect Legacy Exclusion Fence and 3 x gates Purchase 20 x Danger Asbestos signs to hang on fence (Yuen and elsewhere) - Geof Green Waste Move Green waste sign closer to recycling bays. Add some green waste from legacy waste area, as starter. Move large tree trunks to here from legacy waste area. Car Body Area Pluck metal from new car body area If necessary, cover puncture-risk areas with clean dirt. Place a few car bodies in that area, including car body that is currently in bush next to Mt Dennison road turnoff. Place 2 x car bonnet signs Car bodies and Cars will be crushed and stacked after spare parts removed. Asbestos Pit Clean out existing northern pit (outside fence) as 3m deep asbestos pit, with 1m bund at 1.5m depth. Fence Asbestos pit area with same 6 mesh fenced as main area. 70m x 30m x 30m (130m total required). Plus gate. Place car bonnet Asbestos pit at gate plus formal Asbestos signs. Fire break Ensure firebreak functional and clear around entire active landfill site Rubbish on landfill access road Finish removing general rubbish from new sacred site area opposite cemetery sign, and around Keep Yuendumu Beautiful sign. Finish removing visible metal and rubbish from road sides on main road to landfill. Clean up metal and debris from car crushing area. Place 4 x car bonnets with No dumping here on small side roads to landfill and near airport. Metal & dirt piles in community Pluck metal from inside community boundary Remove mullock dirt piles from inside community Asbestos in community Wet down and remove asbestos pipes from dirt piles at west side of community Hard Waste Trailers Upgrade and register 3 x existing trailers. Construct cages for each. Make sign Yard rubbish in here with CDSC logo. Place outside grubby yards. Check if any mesh or RHS needed by Trevors crew for cage Trevor tell Geof Verge rocks Tidy up verge rocks to re-establish vehicle control purpose. Source additional rocks, paint white. Provide 3 x large cans white paint - Geof

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