Welcome to the Waste Management section of the Waratah-Wynyard Council website. We have endeavoured to include all information relating to the queries you might have on waste management here. If you have queries in relation to our kerbside collection services for general garbage and recyclables please click here . We hope this section will be helpful. If there's anything else with which we can be of assistance please e-mail us on email@example.com .
Waste management is an area of core business for councils. It encompasses all activities and services that revolve around collecting, disposing and reducing waste. In dealing with waste management, council uses the most effective technologies and methods available while also striving to protect environmental and public health.
All Tasmanian councils run some form of garbage collection and recycling services and operate waste transfer stations and/or landfill sites.
Council runs Waste Transfer Stations at Goldie Street, Wynyard and Corinna Main Road, Waratah. Back to FAQ List
Waste management activities by councils are generally controlled by three main pieces of legislation:
The Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA) deals with pollution issues and under Section 20(a) requires councils to prevent or control pollution. Under Section 44 it allows councils to issue Environmental Protection Notices and to ensure new businesses or activities do not cause environmental harm.
Environmental harm is defined as 'any adverse effect on the environment.' EMPCA defines three levels of environmental harm:
EMPCA also governs most of the State Government's activities in relation to waste management. The Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (DPIWE) looks after waste and recycling and their web site has some very good information.
The Local Government Act 1993 is the main piece of legislation that controls how councils operate and what functions and roles they must perform.
The Litter Act 2007 authorises council officers to take action against persons found to e littering and describes actions that can be taken and penalties that may apply.
Detailed but easy to read information about environmental laws can be found in 'The Environmental Law Handbook - Your Practical Guide to Tasmania's Environmental Protection and Planning Laws' 2nd edition, produced by the Environmental Defenders Office (Tas) Inc. (EDO). It is available from most major bookstores or contact the EDO directly on Ph: 6223 2770, email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Back to FAQ List
Council operates two waste transfer stations. These are located at Goldie Street, Wynyard and Corinna Main Road, Waratah.
They are open between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm daily except for New Year's Day, Good Friday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Back to FAQ List
Please click here to view the current Wynyard Waste Transfer Station fees.
Waratah Waste Transfer Station is not subject to a usage fee. Back to FAQ List
Council recycles a range of materials at its Goldie Street Waste Transfer Station.
Items that can be recycled at this centre are:
If you have any queries re the recycling service please contact Council's Engineering Services Department on (03) 6443 8351.
In addition to the kerbside collection service a number of recycling businesses operate in the area. Information about these businesses, including contact details, can be found in the Tasmanian Waste Recovery and Recycling directory on the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment website.
This directory lists all the recycling businesses in the State by the type of material they collect. Information about drop off points for recyclable materials in each council area is also included. Back to FAQ List
Generally, acceptable waste includes:
If you have a query regarding what can be accepted at the Goldie Street Waste Transfer Station contact the station on (03) 6443 6443 8393.
Generally, non-acceptable waste includes:
There are two main landfill sites licensed to take Controlled or non-acceptable waste. These are Port Latta in the North West, and Dulverton in the North.
It is always wise to contact the waste management officers at the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment to ask their advise before you dispose of any Controlled Waste or if you are unsure if your waste is considered 'Controlled Waste 'or not.
A number of waste removal businesses licensed to remove such waste operate around the State. Contact details for these businesses are listed in the Yellow Pages under Waste Reduction and Disposal Services. Back to FAQ List
drumMUSTER is the national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non-returnable, crop production and on-farm animal health chemical containers. Council acts as a collection agency for these containers.
The containers must be:
This should be done immediately after emptying the container, before any residue has a chance to dry and harden.
Contact the Waste Transfer Station on (03) 6443 8393 for details.
Waste can be reduced by:
It is estimated that garden and food waste accounts for over 50% of household waste. Mulching and composting can make a significant difference in reducing such waste.
Using mulch and compost in the garden have the added benefits of boosting soil fertility and conserving soil moisture.
Green waste means grass clippings, leaves and also tree prunings. Green waste is collected at waste transfer stations and landfill sites and is converted to mulch. When leaving green waste at such centres, it is important to ensure it does not have other general garbage mixed with it.
Home composting is a good way to significantly reduce your household waste. When composted, food waste and garden clippings decompose to make a great mulch for your garden.
You can either make your own compost heap in a shady part of your garden or use a compost bin. Compost bins can be purchased at most hardware stores and some councils provide them to their ratepayers at a discount.
Items that can be added to compost include:
The compost should be added in layers, with a layer of food scraps ideally being covered with a layer of grass clippings or leaves.
The following items are not suitable for composting:
The compost needs moisture and air to decompose effectively. To achieve this, turn it regularly and make sure it is always kept reasonably moist, without being waterlogged.
Worm farms are another way to reduce food and garden waste. Worm castings that result from the worm's decomposition of waste, also make an excellent soil conditioner for your garden.
As with compost heaps, a worm farm should be placed in a cool and shady part of the garden. The worms need:
This pH level can usually be achieved quite easily by ensuring a layer of green waste or moist paper or cardboard is regularly added with the food waste. Ensure that paper waste is not bleached or contaminated with any chemicals. Newspapers and cardboard from food packaging are ideal.
Most hardware stores and garden centres sell worm farms and worms and will give you advice about how to look after them. Back to FAQ List
If you are not in a reticulated sewerage area, most household waste is disposed of via the sewerage or waste water systems, or via septic tanks. However, grease, oils, solvents and chemicals (basically anything except human sewage) should not be put directly into such systems.
If you operate a business that produces quantities of such materials and they are discharged directly into the sewer, they can:
Such waste is often called trade waste and depending on the type of waste in question, councils require such waste to be managed through grease traps, holding tanks or oil and silt traps. Often councils require an industry operator to enter into a Trade Waste Agreement or obtain a Permit that details what the business is allowed to discharge to the sewer and under what terms and conditions. Also, trade waste charges that councils often impose on businesses depend on the volume and type of waste being discharged.
Please contact Council's Engineering Services Department on (03) 6443 8351 for any further information regarding Council's requirements in relation to discharging trade waste to the sewer.
Council obligations in dealing with liquid waste are generally specified under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).
EMPCA requires disposal of liquid waste in a way that does not cause environmental harm.
If a council operates a treatment plant with a volume:
Normal domestic waste is disposed of via a council's sewerage system or via septic tanks in unsewered areas. In recent years biocycle systems or little mini sewerage treatment plants have been approved for areas unsuitable for the conventional septic tank.
The Sewers and Drains Act describes the type of matter that can be discharged into a sewer system while the Plumbing Regulations1994 control more detailed activities councils can undertake to manage and maintain the sewerage system, including the use of trade waste permits.
Schedule 1 of the Plumbing Regulations1994 lists substances that cannot be discharged into the sewer due to risk of harm to the sewerage treatment plant or to the waters receiving the waste. These substances include:
Schedule 2 of the Plumbing Regulations1994 sets the standards for liquid trade wastes that can be discharged to sewers.
Breach of these regulations incurs: