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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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Northern Territory Government



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23 Waste Management Strategy for the Northern Territory 20152022 APPENDIX B: POLICY AND LEGISLATION 1. WASTE MANAGEMENT AND POLLUTION CONTROL ACT (WMPC ACT) The WMPC Act is the key piece of legislation for managing wastes in the Territory. A number of concerns with the Act have been identified since its introduction in 1999. Some of these concerns represent an unacceptable risk to the environment as they prevent the NT EPA from taking action to enforce the Act. A review of the WMPC Act was undertaken in 2007. That review focussed on operational matters, such as the number of licences issued, rather than strategically considering how effective the Act was in delivering on its objectives. The WMPC Act is under review by the NT EPA, in accordance with responsibilities under Part 3 of the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority Act (NT EPA Act) to provide advice to the Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment (the Minister). 2. ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION (BEVERAGE CONTAINERS AND PLASTIC BAGS) ACT (EP(BC&PB)ACT) The EP(BC&PB) Act is the Territorys primary legislation for increasing resource recovery and reducing litter. This Act establishes the legal framework for the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) and the Plastic Bag Ban. The inefficiencies created by this Act have resulted in limited access to the CDS by the Territory community. The EP(BC&PB) Act was reviewed in 2014. The amendments made to this Act will be implemented over 2014 and 2015. This should see some of the barriers to the implementation of the CDS in remote areas removed and see more of the Territorys community gain access to the scheme. 3. LITTER ACT The Litter Act was originally introduced as the Litter Ordinance in 1972 and has not been substantially reviewed or amended since 1990. The Litter Act does not provide a contemporary holistic litter management scheme. The Litter Act addresses limited litter related matters and is difficult to enforce. Penalties are low and do not establish a level of deterrence. There is opportunity to explore enforcement of the Litter Act by multiple agencies beyond the NT EPA. 4. PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP ACT 2011 The Product Stewardship Act 2011 provides the framework to effectively manage the environmental, health and safety impacts of products, and in particular those impacts associated with the disposal of a product. The framework includes voluntary, co-regulatory and mandatory product stewardship based on resource recovery. Product Stewardship acknowledges that those involved in producing, selling, using and disposing of products have a shared responsibility to ensure that those products or materials are managed in a way that reduces their impact on the environment, human health and safety, throughout their lifecycle. There are a number of industry-led product stewardship schemes to ensure products are diverted from landfill and disposed of safely. These product schemes include e-waste, tyres, batteries and paints. The NT EPA provides representatives for the Territory on the implementation working groups of these schemes. The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme requires television and computer industries to fund collection and recycling of a proportion of the televisions and computers disposed of in Australia each year. Industry is required to take responsibility for a progressively higher proportion of total waste televisions and computers each year, from 30 per cent in 201213 to 80 per cent by 20212022. Darwin is considered to be remote in a national context and implementation of the Scheme has not progressed as quickly as it has in other parts of Australia. The Department of Environment released a report on the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme outcomes for 2012-13. It reported that of the 635 e-waste collection services that have been established across Australia, just four of them are located in the Northern Territory. Across Australia 31,186 tonnes of e-waste was collected in 2013, with 4.4 tonnes collected in the Northern Territory. Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) has been established by tyre importers to administer a national tyre product stewardship scheme. Through the scheme, TSA aims to increase domestic tyre recycling, expand the market for tyre-derived products and reduce the number of Australian end-of-life tyres that are sent to landfill, exported as baled tyres or illegally dumped. The Australian Paint Manufacturers Federation members represent 85% of the paint manufacturing industry in Australia. This Federation is the lead industry association in the development of a national scheme to increase the recovery and minimise the environmental, health and safety footprint of waste paint in Australia. This scheme will aim to, for the first time, allow trade painters a safe and reliable mechanism to deal with their waste.

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