Waste Management

Waste Management

 The Shire recently undertook an extensive review of its current waste management practices and has developed a Strategic Waste Management Strategy that is currently in the process of being implemented.

Landfill

As of 1 July 2019, the Kununurra and Wyndham landfill sites will accept domestic waste, free of charge. Domestic waste can be categorised as anything that would go into your regular curbside bin. Please see some examples of domestic waste below:

  • General household waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic wrap
  • Disposable nappies
  • Ceramic, china, pottery
  • Styrofoam, polystyrene
  • Ovenproof glass
  • Drinking glasses
  • Light bulbs and mirrors
  • Garden waste/ Green waste
  • Food scraps
  • Clothing
Please note, this list is not exhaustive. One of our friendly staff at the landfill sites will be able to answer any questions you have, regarding what is free waste and what is not.

Some useable household items such as crockery, glassware and clothing can be reused, particularly by those less fortunate. Please consider taking these items to Revive, the Women’s Shelter or Red Cross to be recycled.


Opening Hours

Kununurra Landfill

Old Darwin Road, Kununurra

Contact: 08 9168 1138

Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 9am to 1pm
Christmas Day and Good Friday CLOSED
Wyndham Landfill

1349 Great Northern, Highway

Contact: 08 9161 1200

Monday to Sunday 8am to 12noon
Christmas Day and Good Friday CLOSED

Recycling

There are many ways in which residents can participate in recycling.

Currently, residents are being encouraged to recycle mobile phones, aluminium cans, oil, vehicle batteries, garden and food waste, chemical drums, steel, printer cartridges, clothes and other household items.

Mulching at the Landfill Site is expected to produce more
than 100 cubic metres of mulch for use on Shire gardens.

MobileMuster

Did you know:

  • It's estimated there are over 22 million unwanted mobiles in homes around Australia.
  • Over 90% of the materials in mobile phones, batteries and chargers can be recycled.
  • Mobile phones are not biodegradable and contain substances that can potentially harm the environment if not handled correctly at the end of a phone's useful life.

MobileMuster started in late 1998  and aims is to keep old mobiles out of landfill and to recycle them in a safe, secure and ethical way. 

MobileMuster will accept:

  • Mobile phone handsets
  • Mobile phone batteries of all kinds
  • Mobile phone chargers and accessories (e.g. ear pieces, car kits, cases)
  • Display mobile phones

MobileMuster will not accept:

  • Non-mobile phone batteries (e.g. alkaline)
  • Home phones, pagers, MP3 players, PDA’s with no phone function.
  • Any other non-mobile electric components or devices.

The Shire is a registered collection point for MobileMuster and has collection boxes at both the Kununurra and Wyndham administration offices.

Rubbish Collection

**Please note the service will operate as normal during the Christmas and New Year period.  The service will not be affected by public holidays.

The Shire provides a weekly rubbish collection service to residents and commercial operators.

The current collection timetable is as follows:

Rubbish collection days
DayArea
Monday  Lakeside & Mirima
Tuesday  Light Industrial Area
Wednesday  Kununurra Residential & Hidden Valley
Thursday  Wyndham
Friday  Light Industrial
Daily Special requests and Town Public Bins

Note:

  • Bins must be displaying a Shire issued sticker to be collected
  • Rubbish collection days remain unchanged over public holidays

Bin Stickers

The Shire introduced stickers that you are required to display on your green bin which will enable the Shire’s bin collection truck driver to easily identify when your bin should be collected by the Shire.

Bin stickers were introduced after it was identified that a large number of properties within the Shire were receiving additional bin collections that were not being paid for. These additional bin collections cost the Shire a substantial sum of money which is passed onto all other ratepayers.

If you do not have a sticker on your bin or have any other bin enquiries about bin stickers, please contact the Shire's Rates Officer to discuss on 9168 4100.

Bin Request Form

Rubbish Collection Tips

• Place your bin on the verge with the wheels facing your property no more than 1 metre from the kerb
• Bins must be on the verge by 6:00 am on the day of your collection
• Ensure bins are no heavier than 80kg
• Have the Shire ‘collection date’ sticker visible
• Ensure no vehicles are parked in front of the bin

All broken bins, including bins without wheels, and bins facing the incorrect way will not be collected. If you missed your collection date, you can still take it to the landfill, free of charge.

For more information, please contact your local landfill.

Kununurra Landfill 08 9168 1336
Wyndham Landfill 08 9161 1200

Waste Management Strategy

 The Shire recently undertook an extensive review of its current waste management practices and has developed a Strategic Waste Management Strategy that is currently in the process of being implemented.

Why review the current waste management practices?

The review came about after the State Government’s Department of Environment and Regulation (DER) inspections revealed significant environmental issues within both the Kununurra and Wyndham landfill sites.

The Shire had been advised by the DER that the current waste management practices required significant improvements before the existing Kununurra Landfill’s Environmental Protection Licence expires in 2016.

What were the findings from the review?

The Shire identified the need to implement extensive
improvements to the landfill sites to:

  • Minimise the environmental risk to acceptable levels;
  • Comply with State Government regulations;
  • Meet industry operational requirements;
  • Provide an appropriate workplace for staff; and
  • Become economically sustainable.

These measures will ensure that the Shire can continue to provide waste services to the community well into the
future.

What are the reasons behind the issues with the existing landfill sites?

Due to limited resources, the Shire’s landfill sites have been poorly operated and managed over the past few decades which resulted in unacceptable impacts to the local environment. The environmental impacts were caused by numerous activities including:

  • No control over the type of wastes delivered to the landfill;
  • Regular fires occurring within the landfill (and no access to a fire truck on-site);
  • No site rehabilitation;
  • Poor documentation of delivered waste; and
  • Failure to comply with licence conditions as set by DER.

In addition to this, the Shire discovered that the current waste management fees and charges were well below both breakeven cost and industry benchmark. The result of this is that the Shire (funded via ratepayers) is currently subsiding waste disposal from the local commercial /
industrial industry.

Why does the Shire need to change it's waste management practices?

Non-compliance with the DER will result in significant (up to $25,000 per time) fines being issued to the Shire and it is unlikely that the Shire’s licence will be renewed to operate the landfills. This would mean that all waste produced in the Shire would need to be transported to either Halls Creek or Darwin at a significant cost to waste producers (domestic and commercial).

In addition to this, without refining and increasing waste management fees and charges, the Shire would not have the capacity to implement the improvements required without considerable financial burden to ratepayers

What actions will the Shire be taking to implement the Strategic Waste Management Plan?

 The Shire has already commenced implementing the Strategic Waste Management Strategy and actions that have started or are due to be completed over the next 12 months are:

  • Improve the operations and management of sites;
  • Purchase appropriate plant and equipment to effectively undertake operations;
  • Start to progressively rehabilitate the sites;
  • Construct stormwater management system and establish groundwater monitoring bores;
  • Produce operational plans and guidelines for the facility;
  • Improve customer information recording system;
  • Provide improved staff facilities;
  • Increase the sustainable recycling of materials;
  • Change fees and charges so that ‘user-pays’.