Frequently Asked Questions

Glenorchy City Council has recently reviewed its Waste Management Strategy. We are now continuing to work with the community to achieve our vision for Glenorchy as a clean and healthy city, a city we are proud of, where waste is minimised, and resources are conserved for the future. Council is committed to providing affordable, cost-effective and environmentally sound waste services for the community.

It is anticipated that the current landfill area at the Jackson Street Waste Management Centre will close in 2022. Council is developing a business case to construct a new cell in the quarry area at Jackson Street that will extend the life of the landfill beyond 2030

Why does the Landfill close when it's windy?

When it’s windy, it becomes risky for visitors, staff and vehicles – it only takes a second for a small, sharp piece of metal to cause injury or damage. We also cannot risk rubbish being blown onto the road or into nearby gardens.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has set a wind limit of 15kms per hour for the Jackson Street landfill – any higher and we have to close until the wind drops. We have a weather station on-site that tells us when it becomes unsafe. As our Landfill is based in a large bowl near the foothills of Mt Wellington/kunyani, we get strong north and south winds, plus we also get a special type of wind called ‘katabatic’ – this wind picks up speed as it goes downhill. It may not be windy nearby, but the tip can be getting dangerous wind gusts, so we have to close to keep people safe.

Please keep checking this website as we update it as close as possible to real-time.

When is the next Free Waste Weekend and what do I need to know?

This event is currently held once a year – the 2021 event will be held in October, with the final date to be announced soon.  Waste volumes, types and any reports of incorrect or illegal waste dumping are recorded and reported as part of our regular EPA regulation requirements.  Before 2021 dates can be set, any projected works, landfill capacity assessment and changes to the operating schedule will also be reviewed.

For more frequently asked questions about this event, please click here.

Can I dispose of Asbestos at the Jackson Street Landfill?

The Jackson Street Landfill is licensed to accept both commercial and domestic loads of asbestos.

Asbestos products pose a number of health and environmental risks during their removal, transport and disposal. It is therefore important that asbestos is handled appropriately with minimum exposure to all involved during these operations. It is also important that all packaging of all waste asbestos products complies with the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012.

In consultation with the EPA and Workplace standards, the following guidelines have been set regarding the disposal of asbestos at the Jackson Street Landfill:

  1. ADVANCE NOTICE: A minimum notice of 24 hours is required before the disposal of asbestos. We also ask that homeowners bringing domestic waste also pre-book to allow us to prepare the burial site.  Anything larger than a small trailer-load will be deemed a commercial load.  Disposal costs for asbestos are listed on the front page of our website.
  2. TIME LIMIT:  Council will only accept asbestos waste Monday to Friday up to 2pm.  This is to ensure enough time for site preparation and burial.
  3. DOUBLE-WRAPPED:  All asbestos products need to be place entirely within heavy duty polythene sheeting approximately 200µm (0.2mm) thick, double wrapped and should be sealed with adhesive tape. 
  4. HEIGHT LIMIT:  All asbestos waste products ready for disposal should not exceed a height of 1 metre.
  5. VEHICLE SIZE LIMIT:  No vehicles or trucks greater than a 10 yard carrying capacity will be accepted, unless the appropriate equipment can be demonstrated. This includes a side-loading crane to safely lift and place all material directly within the controlled/hazardous burial area. 
  6.  BURIAL SITE:  All asbestos materials must be dumped directly into the controlled/hazardous burial area. 

Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in our staff not accepting the waste material, refusing entry, or you may be held liable for the cost of cleaning up improperly dumped material.  

To download or print these guidelines click here.  

For further information on asbestos in your home or workplace please contact WorkSafe Tasmania on 1300 366 322 or visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au

Why might the landfill close in 2022?

The current landfill in Jackson Street is nearing its capacity. We have reduced our disposal rates and at our current disposal rate, we expect the landfill to be full by 2022.

What is Council doing to extend the life of the landfill?

Council is doing a range of things to extend the life of the landfill, including:

  • the introduction of a Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside service to divert green and organic waste from landfill.
  • working with our community and businesses to reduce the amount of waste generated;
  • working with businesses and other users to separate and divert waste away from landfill;
  • improved systems for managing and covering waste on-site;
  • constructing a new cell (if EPA approval is given); and
  • ongoing education in schools and in the community on waste reduction and recycling.  To find out more or book a visit from our Waste Education Officer, click here.

Could a new landfill be built in the municipality?

There are no viable alternative sites for opening other new landfills in the municipality. If Council decides not to extend the Jackson Street landfill then Council and the community will need to use other facilities and services to dispose of waste to landfills outside the municipality.

Why doesn't Council do free hard waste kerbside pick-up events?

We have assessed the costs and logistics of free kerbside hard waste collections a number of times, but for the Glenorchy Council area the OH&S risks of kerbside dumping of hard waste are too high (wind blown litter, road safety, hazardous items, unauthorised dumping of commercial waste or out-of-area waste in front of residential properties etc.).

It’s also very expensive to run, which means that introducing hard waste pick-up events could increase the rates for all residents, not just residents who have large hard waste items to dispose of.

Read more about Council’s Free Waste Weekend events here.

Why doesn't Council supply free Tip Vouchers with Rates Notifications?

Rates Notices are sent to property owners, many of which do not live in the Glenorchy municipality and may not pass on the vouchers to their tenants.

Free Waste Weekend events are run for all Glenorchy municipality residents who occasionally produce extra-large volumes or over-sized domestic waste. Fortnightly kerbside waste, recycling and FOGO bins fit the needs of the vast majority of Glenorchy residents, with Jackson Street Landfill a convenient user-pays option for the remainder of the year.

The three key goals of the Glenorchy Council’s Waste Strategy are to:

  1. Promote the sustainable management of resources
  2. Provide convenient and affordable waste services that meet the needs of the community
  3. Minimise the negative impacts of waste on the natural and built environments.

The Jackson Street Landfill is expensive to run and filling up fast. When assessed as part of the Waste Strategy, the cost of introducing and managing Tip Vouchers do not meet all three criteria.

Read more about Council’s Free Waste Weekend events here.

If the landfill closes, will the Recovery Shop stay open?

The Recovery Shop is a business that is not owned or managed by Council. The owners have indicated that they intend to continue its operation. To visit the Recovery Shop’s website, click here.

What would happen to the landfill area if it closes? Would it be covered over or turned into a recreational area?

Council would need to decide on this, however the landfill area needs to be covered over and rehabilitated as part of the closure. Council would engage with the community in respect to possible future uses.

What's happening with the landfill extension?

Following the approval of the Business Case, Council are now in the process of approving the design and construction of a new cell.  More updates will be made available as details are finalised.

Where will the extension to the landfill be located?

The landfill extension will be in the unused quarry next to the current landfill and within the existing site boundaries.

How will the new landfill section be constructed?

The old quarry area will be lined with drainage material, geofabric and clay to protect the surrounding area and groundwater, in accordance with industry best practice and Environmental Protection Authority requirements.

Would the construction of a new section at the landfill mean that there would be lots of increased traffic, dust and noise?

No, the traffic, dust and noise related to operating the landfill would not increase under this project. Traffic, noise and dust during the construction is expected to be minimal and will be staged to avoid impacting the community.

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