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Waste management strategy for the Northern Territory 2015-2022



Waste management strategy for the Northern Territory 2015-2022

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Northern Territory waste management strategy for 2015-2022


Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority


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This Strategy provides a basis for understanding and improving the management of waste across the Northern Territory (the Territory) to reduce the generation of waste, increase rates of resource recovery and to minimise environmental impacts caused by waste. It provides an overarching summary of the waste management issues currently being faced in the Territory.


Bibliography pages 17-18

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Purpose -- Management issues -- Objectives -- Management actions -- Background -- Conclusions on waste management for the Territory -- Further reading -- Summary of NT EPA management actions -- Appendix A: Key waste and resource recovery principles -- Appendix B: Policy and legislation.




Hazardous wastes -- Northern Territory -- Management; Refuse and refuse disposal -- Northern Territory -- Management; Recycling (Waste, etc) -- Government Policy -- Northern Territory

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Northern Territory Government

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24 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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Waste Management Strategy for the Northern Territory 20152022 20 To bring Territory landfills towards best practice management the NT EPA will: 16. assess the status of landfill sites in the Territory to: prioritise high environmental risk sites requiring operational improvement, impact monitoring or rehabilitation, including in a remote context; regulate landfills in accordance with the objectives of the WMPC Act; 17. develop guidance to demonstrate best practice expectations: Identify and develop guidelines to assist landfill operators in better managing their waste and resources; Develop landfill closure guidelines and procedures to ensure ongoing management, aftercare and rehabilitation of closed sites; 18. develop a waste infrastructure mapping database to identify locations of accessible facilities and to assist strategic planning for the future requirements of the Territory; and 19. collaborate with local waste operators and industry bodies to identify and address the limitations to their delivery of waste management services. In planning for future waste the NT EPA will liaise with government agencies to ensure future waste management requirements are considered at the development planning stage, and will: 20. recommend waste reduction and waste management plans are developed and implemented on significant developments; 21. advise on specific infrastructure required to deal with liquid wastes generated locally; 22. highlight the need for early consideration of asbestos disposal locations across the NT, including in remote housing and infrastructure projects; 23. assist local and regional councils and industry to identify key infrastructure needs and to identify appropriate land for future waste management sites; and 24. recommend that industry and government agencies seek innovative technologies as preferred waste solutions, to stimulate waste research and investment (e.g. organics recovery to reduce greenhouse gas emissions). The NT EPA will develop a best practice NT Emergency Waste Management Plan, in consultation with the NT Government Emergency Management Council and other stakeholders addressing: 25. identified high risk activities that will be required to maintain emergency waste management plans; 26. recommended measures for reducing waste when responding to environmental emergencies; 27. new waste streams from emerging industries that may be of high risk and require emergency plans; 28. stocktake available waste resources, including land available for the safe temporary storage or treatment of waste; 29. commercial arrangements to be put in place allowing industry to be called on in an emergency; and 30. waste tracking requirements at the onset of emergency disasters, from waste generation until disposal.