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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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9 Waste Management Strategy for the Northern Territory 20152022 4. MANAGEMENT ACTIONS The proposed management actions have been developed with consideration of the principles of the waste management hierarchy (Appendix A) which is the preferred order for managing waste and resources. The waste management hierarchy ranks waste avoidance and reduction as the optimal approach, followed by reuse through recycling and recovery options, with disposal as the least preferred approach. The NT EPA will develop a series of implementation plans identifying timeframes for key management actions. Where appropriate this will be undertaken in consultation with the broader community, industry, government agencies and local and regional councils. 4.1 ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION The NT EPA will undertake the following actions to engage and educate on reducing waste generation and minimising the impacts of waste disposal: 1. promote community awareness and understanding of resource efficiency, waste avoidance and resource recovery; 2. fund community grants programs that encourage the reduction and/or reuse of waste in homes, schools, community groups and workplaces; 3. facilitate and promote product stewardship programs for recycling and treating nationally significant waste streams, including tyres, batteries, e-waste, paint and oil; 4. provide best-practice guidance materials for handling and disposing of commercially generated wastes including asbestos, contaminated soils, concrete and wastewater; 5. collaborate with the Waste and Recycling Industry of the NT (WRINT) to identify emerging trends and issues requiring multi-faceted solutions; 6. facilitate coordination of localised waste arrangements in regional development projects; 7. work with local government and the NT Government to coordinate local efforts to prevent litter and illegal dumping; 8. work directly with local and regional Councils and local service authorities to monitor, detect and reduce community exposure to the risks of poor waste management; and 9. work with industry and government agencies to explore the costs associated with transporting hazardous waste out of remote communities, and opportunities available to reduce these costs. 4.2 IMPROVE WASTE MANAGEMENT 4.2.1 Waste reduction and resource recovery To promote waste reduction and resource recovery in the Territory the NT EPA will: 10. develop and guide waste avoidance and reduction programs; 11. drive the rollout of the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) in remote communities; 12. continue to provide regulatory oversight to the Plastic Bag Ban; 13. support proposals by regional councils to consolidate recycling infrastructure at central locations; 14. facilitate opportunities to connect waste recovery and reuse markets with key waste producers (e.g. organics, green waste construction and demolition waste and commercial and industrial waste); and Leaking chemical drums cause environmental pollution

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