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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2006  
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Contents >> Environment >> Waste and recycling >> Waste disposal

At March 2002, waste was disposed of at approximately 40 refuse disposal sites around Tasmania. Previously the State had more than 150 'tips', as they were then known, but increasingly stringent environmental expectations and associated financial constraints have resulted in many landfills being closed.

For landfill sites, particular challenges include the management of hazardous waste and offsite effects including:

  • waste water;
  • odour;
  • vermin; and
  • visual impacts.

Further information can be found on the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment web site at http://www.dpiwe.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/WebPages/CDAT-57Z5RY?open

The total waste volume for both domestic and industrial sources in Tasmania at 1996 was approximately 38 million cubic metres per year. This was made up of:
  • domestic waste - 34 million cubic metres per year (90%);
  • industrial waste with appropriate disposal - 3.1 million cubic metres per year (8%); and
  • industrial waste with inadequate disposal - 0.7 million cubic metres per year (2%).

(Source: State of the Environment, Tasmania, Vol 1, 1996.)

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