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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 45 | P a g e The effective management of the site will increase its usability and prolong its life span. Council staff will need to address each area on a regular basis to ensure that only the items signposted for that area are located there. Any item that does not belong in that designated area should be immediately removed. Like items attract. If someone dumps household rubbish in a recycling bay then someone else will do the same. Remove items to their correct area immediately when they are seen. Key Person-Landfill leading hand Appointing a key person or Landfill Leading Hand within existing Council staff is an important step in keeping the site operating well. This person will become the eyes and ears of the site and assist others to become landfill friendly. The Landfill Leading Hand will be responsible for making sure the site is managed in accordance with the key principles in this document. They will be responsible for the completion of the Weekly Landfill inspection report and carrying out associated tasks. Responsibilities of community based staff: 1. SSM- Monthly landfill audit and report 2. Team leader- Weekly Report 3. Field Officers- daily visual inspections, tidy up and report issues to Team Leader Weekly Landfill Inspection Report The landfill inspection report has been developed to assists in identifying and monitoring onsite issues at the landfill. The intended user is the Works Supervisor or Landfill Leading Hand in conjunction with Works staff. Works staff should be introduced and trained in the use of the report. The Landfill inspection report is a weekly report that assists in effective service delivery at site. Table 7 Example section taken from landfill inspection report. *Complete form located in section 7 By completing the Landfill Inspection Report staff will have a work list of tasks that must be attended to at the next visit to the landfill site. 2.3 Active landfill pit Tick and Initial Inspection days Week 1 Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri 1) Access Road -Clear of Rubbish 2) Fencing- Intact-no holes & gates working 3) Pit Condition- Only domestic waste, cover fill on 4) Separation Bays- Tidy, sorted, only listed items 5) Signs and markers-All in place 6) Car Area- Cars in area, boots and bonnets off-safe 7) Scrap Metal-Pile consolidated, safe 8) Waste compacted and covered

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