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

The Strategy has now been in place for 3 years, and in that time 70 of the 91 actions have been progressed.

  • 27 actions are complete with no further significant works required.
  • 21 actions have been addressed and remain ongoing for the term of the strategy.
  • 22 actions progressing towards completion in 2019/20.

As at the end of Year 3 (2018/19) the City recorded a waste diversion rate at McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre of 43% of material diverted from landfill through re-use and recycling programs.  2018/19 also saw a second consecutive year of less than 20,000 tonnes being disposed of to the McRobies Gully Landfill. 

Significant actions undertaken under the strategy include

  • Finalising FOGO to a stage where contractual, economic, and environmental factors are all addressed allowing a service to be introduced.
  • Reducing single use plastics through the development of the single use plastics by-law;
  • Extending the number of facilities for the recycling of difficult items such as, light globes, batteries, and dental products;
  • Implementation of the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre and Cleary’s Gates waste minimisation plans;
  • Salamanca Market waste reduction improvements.
  • Development of a 3 year public drinking water installation program.
  • Website upgrades including a resources page with a range of education tools, and a detailed A-Z list identifying reuse, recycling, and disposal options for over 200 items.
  • Coordination of a Schools War on Waste forum held at the Hobart Town Hall involving 80 student representatives sharing strategies and experiences in reducing waste.
  • Significant engagement with schools, including one on one workshops, assistance with waste audits, and ongoing mentoring from the City’s Waste team.
  • Internal workshops for the City’s staff such as bag making and beeswax wraps, recycling info sessions.
  • An increased range of community activations, education, and re-use programs, including clothing swap meets, home composting workshops, representation at festivals, Art from Trash educational display, zero waste cooking classes, workshops with 100 student leaders as a part of a waste conference, a presence at events like the Hobart International Tennis Tournament, and public information sessions.
  • Continuing to build the ‘Towards Zero Waste’ brand, and;

2018/19 also saw much advocacy and lobbying both by the City and in partnership with the Local Government Association of Tasmania on a range of state-wide priorities.  The State Government released a Draft Waste Action Plan in June 2019 and includes several items the City has been lobbying for, including:

  • A Container Deposit Refund Scheme
  • A state wide waste levy
  • Establishment of a state waste management body.

Implementation of the Strategy is undertaken through the development of an annual plan that identifies priority actions to undertake each year.  Action areas for the 2019/2020 implementation plan (Year 4) will aim to include:

  • A mattress recycling program
  • Implementation of the FOGO service
  • Implementation of the 3 year drinking water program
  • Involvement and education of businesses in readiness for the single use plastics by-law
  • Tyre recycling programs and litter prevention
  • Further development and refinement of internal operations and waste minimisation (Town Hall, Travel Centre, etc.)
  • A regional tender for a long term organics treatment facilityContinuing to build the ‘Towards Zero Waste’ brand and provide public activations and education.

The Strategy is due for review after its first 5 years of implementation.  When it is reviewed, City Officers will consider emerging issues such as the circular economy for inclusion in the revised strategy.