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Have Your Say on Darwin’s Waste War

Media Release
06 November 2018

City of Darwin’s Waste Strategy Community Consultation is now open.

Council is developing a waste management strategy to guide how our community, commercial and industrial sectors manage waste in the future.

Council wants to better understand how Darwin residents and the business community manage their waste and hear their ideas on how waste management in Darwin can improve.

Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said the Council has reviewed the city’s current waste management practices and has identified many areas for improvement.

“Unfortunately, in Darwin we throw too much of our waste into Shoal Bay landfill and it is filling up fast,” said the Lord Mayor.

“If we continue to dispose of waste at Shoal Bay at the current rate, it will be at capacity by 2044, and remediating and replacing it will come at a huge cost to Council and ratepayers.”

The long-term vision is to change Shoal Bay from a landfill operation to a resource recovery area where putting waste into landfill is the last option.

“This would align us with other parts of Australia where they do so much better with recycling and reducing their waste that goes into landfill,” said the Lord Mayor.

Council has undertaken a significant amount of work in identifying ways that waste can be managed better and these are outlined in City of Darwin’s Waste Management Background Paper.

“We can’t expect to make substantial change in reducing and reusing our waste without everyone on board,” said the Lord Mayor.

“Complacency is not an option here, we need to collectively work as a community to be better at waste management. The question is how we achieve this.”

Consultation is running until 16 December 2018 and is being coordinated by True North Strategic Communication. People can learn more and provide feedback by visiting Engage Darwin at

Key stakeholders have been identified and briefings will be arranged during the consultation period. Information stalls will be placed at local markets and Council events leading up to Christmas. 

Feedback received will be collated into a consultation report which will be presented to Council and made publicly available. This will inform the completion of the waste management strategy in early 2019.

Photo: Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis and Alderman Robin Knox at the NTRS Materials Recovery Facility for the launch of Council's Waste Strategy Consultation "Darwin's Waste War"

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