New waste system at the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre

The Centre has implemented a new waste minimisation system to increase recycling and reduce waste generation. The system was developed following a review of the volume of waste passing through the Aquatic Centre and several compostable packaging trials carried out in late 2017. 

The Centre’s minimisation plan includes:

DKHAC cafe’s transition to compostable takeaway packaging

New compostable takeaway packaging includes coffee cups and coffee cup lids, straws, cutlery, hot chip packets, noodle boxes, sandwich wedges, bioplastic fruit or yoghurt tubs and napkins.

The packaging is made of bioplastics, bagasse, paper, cardboard and wood. The bioplastics abide by the US, the Australian and the European industrial composting standards of ASTM D6400, AS4736, and EN13432.

These certifications provide surety that the packaging will compost in an Industrial Composting facility, achieving at least 60% decomposition in 180 days. To meet these conditions the composting facility is required to operate above 60°C, a prerequisite that is met by the McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre (the tip).

The installation of five new waste stations

To dispose of takeaway packaging, the Aquatic Centre has also installed five new waste stations in the pool area. Each station has three 120 l bins for waste, recycling and organic streams.

After disposal, the Aquatic Centre’s waste stream will have three destinations. General waste will go to the McRobies Gully Landfill in South Hobart, recycling will be transported to the SKM Recycling Materials Recovery Facility in Derwent Park and organics to the McRobies composting facility. 

Waste education

Each waste station has signage to help DKHAC’s visitors learn more about each waste stream and dispose waste accordingly. 


Comingled recycling


Food waste

Paper towel

Compostable packaging

Cardboard & Paper

Steel & aluminium cans

Rigid plastics

Milk cartons/tetra packs

Textiles (kitchen cloth)

Soft plastics (cling wrap, bags)



The new waste system is anticipated to increase recycling from current 40 per cent up to 70 per cent. 

The project is part of the City’s Waste Management Strategy 2015-2030 which aims to achieve zero waste to the Hobart Landfill by 2030 through over 90 actions across a range of areas such as organic waste, education and litter. To learn more visit the City of Hobart Waste Management Strategy 2015-2030