Darwin's Waste War

Did you know that Darwin’s waste management practices are lagging behind the rest of Australia? We only divert 12 per cent of our waste to recycling.

This means that Darwin sends 88% of our waste to landfill.

If we continue at this rate, Shoal Bay will be full by 2044. It will cost approximately $50 million to close the facility and remediate the land, which will take decades. Most importantly, in our goal to be a sustainable city, it makes no sense to continue to create and dispose of pollution generating waste to landfill.

City of Darwin is developing a waste management strategy to guide Darwin in managing its waste in the coming ten years. The strategy will focus on reducing landfill through better waste management practices and moving toward a culture of reducing, reusing and recycling.

We have made a start on identifying ways to manage our waste better. These are explained further in the Background Paper. If you don’t have time to read this document, take a look at the Fact Sheet.

We believe with a whole-of-community effort, we can all improve our waste management practices and reduce our landfill into the future.

Let’s work together to fight the war on waste.

How can I get involved?

The consultation is now closed, the feedback is being collated and a consultation report will be presented to Council in February 2019. The feedback will inform completion of the Waste Management Strategy to guide Council and the community in the war on waste over the next ten years.

Did you know that Darwin’s waste management practices are lagging behind the rest of Australia? We only divert 12 per cent of our waste to recycling.

This means that Darwin sends 88% of our waste to landfill.

If we continue at this rate, Shoal Bay will be full by 2044. It will cost approximately $50 million to close the facility and remediate the land, which will take decades. Most importantly, in our goal to be a sustainable city, it makes no sense to continue to create and dispose of pollution generating waste to landfill.

City of Darwin is developing a waste management strategy to guide Darwin in managing its waste in the coming ten years. The strategy will focus on reducing landfill through better waste management practices and moving toward a culture of reducing, reusing and recycling.

We have made a start on identifying ways to manage our waste better. These are explained further in the Background Paper. If you don’t have time to read this document, take a look at the Fact Sheet.

We believe with a whole-of-community effort, we can all improve our waste management practices and reduce our landfill into the future.

Let’s work together to fight the war on waste.

How can I get involved?

The consultation is now closed, the feedback is being collated and a consultation report will be presented to Council in February 2019. The feedback will inform completion of the Waste Management Strategy to guide Council and the community in the war on waste over the next ten years.