City of Hobart Waste Management Strategy 2015 - 2030

The City of Hobart Waste Management Strategy 2015-2030(PDF, 3MB) aims to achieve zero waste to the Hobart Landfill by 2030 and includes over 90 actions across a range of areas such as organic waste, education, and litter.

The City is committed to implementing this strategy over the coming years, and will be providing programs to increase recycling and reduce waste disposal.

The Strategy can be viewed here City of Hobart Waste Management Strategy 2015-2030(PDF, 3MB).

The Strategy contains 91 actions and identifies 8 key focus areas:

  • Advocating for Change

  • Finance

  • Education and Engagement

  • Organics

  • Litter and Illegal Dumping

  • Inert Waste

  • City Waste and Innovation

  • Programs and Services

Progress so far

As at August 2017, there have been 29 actions completed in the first year of the Strategy’s implementation, at a cost of approximately $180,000 excluding the cost of the kerbside green waste service. 

Actions have been undertaken across all of the 8 Key Focus Areas, and major achievements include

  • Introduction of a kerbside green waste collection service;
  • Appointment of a Waste Education Officer;
  • Development of a Good Neighbour Agreement;
  • Secured approvals to operate the landfill until 2030;
  • Improved recycling arrangements and economics for items such as tyres, concrete and steel;
  • Increased the capacity of the recycling centre through additional pavement areas;
  • Provision of home composting education workshops;
  • Improved signage and branding at the Taste of Tasmanian and employment of waste educators, and branding on collections services fleet, and creation of a ‘Towards Zero Waste’ brand.

In addition to the more tangible items, there have been actions completed that are less visible, such as:

  • lobbying the State Government for a Container Deposit Scheme,
  • input into the regional submission lodged by the Local Government Association of Tasmania to the State Government to inform the new Tasmanian Waste and Resource Management Strategy,
  • development of a landfill cost model, and
  • a technological review and options analysis into the organics recycling facility at the McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre.

Other actions being currently progressed include:

  • Developing improved systems for multi tenement waste and recycling services;
  • An improved e-waste recycling agreement including assurances of ‘end of life’ recycling processes;
  • Provision of re-usable coffee cups for City staff;
  • Significantly improving the information on the City’s website;
  • Placement of a ‘Recycling Station’ at the Council Centre for items such as batteries, light globes, x-rays, toner cartridges, and other hard to recycle household items.