What is waste management?

Waste management is an area of core business for councils. It encompasses all activities and services that revolve around collecting, disposing and reducing waste. In dealing with waste management, council uses the most effective technologies and methods available while also striving to protect environmental and public health.

All Tasmanian councils run some form of garbage collection and recycling services and operate waste transfer stations and/or landfill sites.

The George Town Council runs landfill and recycling sites at Mt George Road, George Town and Parry's Road, Pipers River.

In southern Tasmania, waste management activities are promoted by the Southern Waste Strategy Authority . This authority involves twelve southern Tasmanian Councils and works to implement a Waste Management Strategy for Southern Tasmania. Details of the Authority's Business Plan and Waste Management Programs are available.

In the north, Region North, involves 8 northern councils and has developed a waste management strategy. George Town Council is an active member of Region North. Both bodies runs a number of programs and educational activities focused on:

  • waste reduction
  • re-use of discarded materials
  • waste recycling or reprocessing to recover resources
  • responsible waste disposal.