Waste Management in Small Communities

The management of waste in small and remote communities is challenging. Many of our members face barriers when delivering waste management services in small communities, including:

  • Logistics: distance to services and facilities
  • Economics: the price of safely disposing of hazardous materials can be prohibitive
  • Operations: lack of fit for purpose equipment and maintenance
  • Environmental: floodwaters, rocky soils and harsh weather patterns

To help our members deliver a safe and environmentally sound waste service in small and remote communities LGANT, with the support of the NT Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts & Sport (NRETAS) and the Product Stewardship Forum (PSF), has developed three tools:

  1. Waste Management Guidelines

    Waste Management Guidelines for Small Communities (3.6 MiB)

  2. Waste Audit Tool 

    Waste Audit Toolkit (425.5 KiB)

  3. Waste Management Planning Template 

    Waste Management Priority Planning Template (1.5 MiB)

LGANT is also ensuring the interests of remote, regional and indigenous communities in the NT are represented at the national level by providing comment on the National Waste Policy that is being developed by the Australian Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. The position paper can be downloaded below:

LGANT Submission on the National Waste Policy Framework (387.9 KiB)

LGANT Submission on the National Waste Policy (149.2 KiB)

The Central Australian Remote Landfill Operating Manual

The Central Australian Remote Landfill Operating Manual or “Manual” is a practical guide for remote landfills across the Barkly, MacDonnell and Central Desert Regional Councils.

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. It was 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.

Central Australian Landfill Manual Dec 2013 (4.2 MiB)

Big Rivers and Katherine Landfill Operating Manual

The recently completed Big Rivers and Katherine Landfill Operating Manual is primarily a copy of the Central Australian Landfill Manual with appropriate changes made to reflect the difference in both climate and topography between the two areas.

A specific change of note is that this manual specifically states that the use of fire does not play a part in the upgrading of waste facilities throughout the Katherine and Big Rivers area

Big Rivers Katherine Landfill Operating Manual (3.8 MiB)