Waste Management Strategy Adopted

Published on Tuesday, 2 March 2021 at 11:02:15 AM

Council is pleased to announce that a new Waste Management Strategy has been adopted.


Katherine Town Council has developed a Waste Management Strategy to guide its decision making over the next five (5) years and to further improve and implement sustainable practices. Council intention is to deliver an affordable waste service whilst meeting operational and future infrastructure cost.

Council aims to optimise the use of the current Waste Management Facility and to plan for future infrastructure needs. Council plans to work with contractors and businesses to find ways of reducing the waste burden and operational cost on Commercial Users, Community and Council.


Within the strategy, Council commits to participate in Keep Australia Beautiful and community education, initiatives and programs. Council encourages the community to attend Clean Up Australia Day – Sunday 7 March 2021, click here for more information.


Council is exploring opportunities to partner with others to develop the following;

  • Nursery
  • Tip shop
  • Education centre
  • Green waste mulching operation
  • Cottage industry business incubator
  • Sustainable procurement policy advice service


Council has identified immediate measures to assist with cost-effective and efficient daily operations that will be enhanced by upgrading the current transfer station, plant and equipment. 


There will be a phased closure of the landfill over several years for the capping and rehabilitation as each section reaches capacity. Work has already commenced on securing a suitable site for a new landfill.


The current site will be upgraded to a waste transfer station and will remain open to receive domestic and commercial waste with opportunities to separate waste into various recycling streams. Any remaining waste destined for landfill will then be trucked out to the new site. The new site will not be open to the public.

Council currently implements the following procedures to manage waste streams and will continue to identify more efficient and sustainable practices;

  • Constructions and demolition materials
  • Timber and pallets
  • Concrete
  • Rubble and soil
  • Tyres
  • Cars – only once batteries and fluids are removed*
  • E-waste
  • Oils
  • Asbestos
  • Chemical drums
  • Gals bottles
  • Bicycle
  • Batteries, solar panels, lithium cells
  • Air conditioners and refrigeration
  • mattresses

Although Katherine does not offer a kerbside recycling collection, there are several opportunities to recycle in Katherine.

Waste Management Facility

  • DrumMuster – environmentally-friendly way of disposing of empty farming chemicals
  • Tyre Stewardship Australia
  • Car Batteries
  • Scrap Metal
  • Oil
  • TechCollect (E-Waste)
  • MobileMuster – Mobile recycling program

MT Bins

  • Scrap Metal 
  • Cash for Containers 


  • Soft Plastics

Katherine Girl Guides

  • 10c Containers
  • Batteries
  • Contact lenses packaging
  • Dishwashing liquid containers
  • Lightbulbs
  • Old socks
  • Printer cartridges
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste/floss containers
  • Air freshener containers
  • Bread tags
  • Dishwashing tablet packaging
  • E-waste
  • Material scraps
  • Plastic bottle caps
  • Soft plastics
  • Writing Instruments

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Council.  

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