The State Government should assist Councils with the establishment of effective waste management practices, by undertaking the following:
- Assisting with identifying markets for recycled products.
- Provision of recycling guidance and expertise.
- Instigation of public education programs (GM 1993, 2000)
Costs of Waste Management
The principles of 'user pays' and 'polluter pays' should be applied where possible in addressing the issue of charging for waste management services.
The State Government should provide adequate resources for waste management to enable Councils to achieve associated legislative and community standards.
Local Government acknowledges the benefits of Life Cycle Accounting in identifying the true costs associated with waste management and will endeavour to implement it where practicable.
Local Government is strongly committed to the introduction of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable recycling schemes.
Local Government resolves to become a signatory to the strengthened National Packaging Covenant. (GM August 2005)
For a copy of the LGAT Australian Packaging Covenant Action Plan 2011-2013 click here.
Local Government supports the removal of regulatory barriers that unnecessarily restrict the wide implementation of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable recycling schemes, waste avoidance and reduction, and materials re-use and recycling.
Local Government supports the development of expanded markets for recyclables through influencing government policy and committing to promoting and marketing recycled products.
Container Deposit Schemes
At the July 2013 General Meeting it was agreed that the Local Government Association of Tasmania should liaise with the regional waste bodies to progress the commissioning of container deposit scheme research for Tasmania.
Subsequently Equilibrium Consulting was contracted to undertake an assessment of the potential financial impacts of a Container Deposit Scheme on Local Government in Tasmania.
While the Commonwealth Government’s Packaging Impacts Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (PICRIS) suggests significant benefits to Local Government nationally, the Tasmanian study, undertaken by Equilibrium, has found that the benefits for Tasmania would not be as high. In a best case scenario, kerbside costs in Tasmania as a result of a Container Deposit Scheme may be reduced by up to $26.8 million over 20 years, or an average saving of $1.3 million per year.
In Tasmania, collection and processing costs are higher than the national average, contamination rates are generally high, the proportion of glass in kerbside is higher and the value of recyclable materials is lower than the national average. Tasmania also has some uncommon issues such as limited local end markets for all materials, limited opportunities for glass processing and higher freight costs.“A Container Deposit Scheme is expected to cause incremental change to recycling and litter management. The impact would vary from council to council as recycling and litter practices and costs vary. The extent to which benefits could be realised is dependent on being able to achieve modelled outcomes.
The report’s key finding is that “Overall, while the impacts of a Container Deposit Scheme for Tasmanian Local Government are not as beneficial as generally estimated in the PICRIS, a Container Deposit Scheme will potentially be beneficial to the viability of the Tasmanian kerbside recycling system as it will increase the convertible value of the materials in a kerbside recycling bin”.
LGAT will share the results with the State Government as an input to their tender process for a cost benefit study of a Tasmanian container deposit system so that a picture of risks and benefits can continue to be built. In future, we may need to look at a range of scenarios and case study individual council impacts.
Domestic Waste Collection
Domestic waste should be collected and treated in an effective manner to minimise the impact on community health and the environment.
The development of landfill license conditions and standards should involve genuine consultation with Local Government.
The implementation of higher standards of landfill management should be phased in over time to allow for long term financial planning.
Household Hazardous Waste Program
This jointly funded State/Local Government project ran operated from March 2009 until December 2012, delivering an opportunity for Tasmanians to safely dispose of household chemicals. Over the 3 years the Pilot Tasmanian Household Hazardous Program offered 34 drop-off days across 24 local council jurisdictions, with 2658 people surrendering 78,529 kg of material at a total cost of $967,959. The first of its kind in Tasmania, the jointly funded State and Local Government HHW project ($500,000 each) demonstrated the benefits of partnered State-wide projects.
A strategic review of the program was undertaken and findings are presented in the attached report.
The findings will be considered by the regional waste bodies in the first instance.
Waste Management Disposal Levy
In July 2012 LGAT Members passed the following motion at the General Meeting:
- That councils endorse the proposal to introduce a statutory waste levy of $10 per tonne to be collected via public and private landfills;
- That the funding be allocated on the basis of 20% to regional waste bodies; 10% to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and 70% to the Waste Resources Funding Pool;
- That these arrangements be on the basis that the funding is directly hypothecated to waste activities and is not consumed into the State Government Consolidated Fund;
- That the Waste Advisory Committee be formally acknowledged within the legislation as having an integral role in the disbursement of funds from the Waste Resources Funding Pool, providing recommendations to the EPA Board in accordance with relative priorities in the Waste Resources Strategy.
Presentations and reports
LGAT presented at the Managing Waste in a Changing Climate Conference in Launceston, March 2009.
Attached is a copy of the Powerpoint Presentation and an audio reading of the presentation.