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8226.0 - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Australia, 2006-07 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/07/2008   
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INDUSTRY BACKGROUND

National and state/territory governments have adopted differing policies concerning waste disposal services over time and have introduced different legislation and regulation for similar activities. The main method of waste disposal in Australia is landfill. This can cause detrimental impacts on the environment through leachate discharges, gaseous emissions and harbouring of disease-carrying pests. The main alternative is incineration which, if not properly controlled, can produce toxic emissions.





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