Environmental performance reporting

Sustainability Report 2005-2006

Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007

Parks Australia Environmental Performance

Waste

EN11: Total amount of waste by type and destination

Goals 2005-06
Performance 2005-06 and trends

Across the various parks, opportunities to collect, reuse and recycle materials were reviewed and some implemented in 2005-06.

At Booderee, 1200m3 of waste went to landfill, with an additional 150m3 of paper waste, glass and metal collected from the works depot of the park for recycling. This is a recycling rate of 11%.

The ANBG collects mixed recyclables (157m3 in 2005-06) with a further 282m3 of waste going to landfill-a recycling rate of 36%.

At Uluru 1424m3 of waste was removed from the park. In addition, the community car dump was removed by contractors and about 150 cars were recycled, the accumulation of more than 10 years. Dumped cars will now be stored temporarily at the community dump site for compaction and removal from the park. The option of closing the community dump and building a transfer station for removal of waste from the park is under consideration.

As no waste collection services are available in Kakadu, co-mingled recyclables are taken by park staff to Darwin for recycling on an as needs basis. No data is available on waste landfilled or recycled from Kakadu.

On Norfolk Island and Christmas Island paper waste is shredded for garden mulch. No data is available as to the quantities of these materials.

Table 1: Parks waste by type and site, 2005-06
Parks site Waste
Waste to landfill Co-mingled recyclables Other waste (tonnes)- specify type $ cost per waste service in 2005-06
Australian National Botanic Gardens 282m3
33.84 tonnes
157.248m3 364m3 of cardboard sent to recycling 18 268
Booderee National Park 1200m3
144 tonnes
150m3 No data 92 184
Christmas Island National Park No data No data No data 602
Kakadu National Park No data No data No data 6694
Norfolk Island National Park and Botanic Garden No data No data No data 698
Pulu Keeling National Park No data No data No data 250
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park 1424m3
171 tonnes
No data No data 127 110
Total 2906m3
349 tonnes
357m3 364m3 $245 806
Commentary

Because of the high visitation levels in many of our parks, large amounts of waste are collected each year. Solid wastes include bottles, aluminium cans, paper and cardboard and non-recyclable rubbish. Parks have a number of measures in place to reduce waste and minimise the impacts of waste where possible. Bins for recycling of materials are provided where possible, but the remote parks do not have ready access to a market for recycled waste. In some parks, green waste is chipped on-site for mulch. Composting and solar powered toilets are used where practicable, and oils are collected for recycling in all parks. Herbicides and other chemicals are used, stored and disposed of in accordance with legislative requirements and best practice standards.

Goals 2006-07