APY Lands Recycling Initiative, South Australia
Cardboard recycling is occurring in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) with the support of the Mai Wiru community store network, at five community owned stores. Income generated from the sale of the cardboard is returned to the communities by Orora Limited. The APY Lands cover 103,000km2, in far north-west South Australia and are home to 3,000 Anangu people. APY balers

Sponsors: Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) and Zero Waste SA

Funding: $97,000

In-kind support: Toll Logistics, Mai Wiru Regional Stores Council

Completed: May 2015

Our waste volumes have reduced by approximately two thirds since the program was introduced. Pipalyatjara Community Store Manager

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Aboriginal Waste Co-ordination and Strategy Support Package

There are 62 discrete Aboriginal communities in NSW. Many are former missions and reserves and are located on land now owned by Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALC). There is a significant gap in municipal services delivered to these locations. Sponsorship has enabled both the development of a NSW State Waste Strategy and Implementation Plan for Discrete Aboriginal Communities and the appointment of a NSW Program Director to oversee delivery. NSW EPA press release

Sponsor: NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Waste Less, Recycle More initiative

Funding: $280,000

In-kind support: NSW Sustainable Waste in Aboriginal Communities (SWAC) Working Group

Due for completion: October 2016

The draft Sustainable Waste Management Strategy for NSW Discrete Aboriginal Communities, and its implementation plan, will be released for public consultation in 2016.

Waste Aid is doing important work to help set-up sustainable waste management arrangements in discrete Aboriginal communities and the EPA is pleased to be able to provide practical support. Steve Beaman, Director of Waste and Resource Recovery NSW EPA


Bourke and Enngonia Sustainable Waste Management Model

PHASE I: Pilot

The design and implementation of a new approach to waste management in Aboriginal communities is being piloted in far west NSW at the invitation of the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment team. The project is overseen by the Bourke Aboriginal Waste Advisory Committee (BWAC), comprising 12 agencies and organisations.
APC scopes sustainable waste management project in regional NSW

The model includes:

  • Community consultation
  • Clean-up of historical bulky waste, litter and illegal dumping
  • Employment of two Aboriginal Community Environmental Advisers
  • Infrastructure audit and needs analysis
  • Development of specific educational resources and materials
  • Service agreement between local council, community and local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Evaluation and monitoring

Sponsors: NSW EPA, Australian Packaging Covenant, NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW Health.

Funding support: $169,000

In-kind support: Waste Aid, SULO MGB Australia, Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation, NSW Aboriginal Affairs and Bourke Shire Council.

It’s refreshing to now have major stakeholders assist our communities address a range of historical waste management issues. Alistair Ferguson, Chair Bourke Aboriginal Community Working Party

When we started, I thought it was just about rubbish, but now the community is talking about recycling and environmental management. It has really moved us on and I want to devote more time to it. Lillian Lucas, Community Environmental Advisor, Bourke


PHASE II: Expansion of the Bourke and Enngonia Sustainable Waste Management Model – Brewarrina, Weilmoringle and Goodooga

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) have awarded funding to Waste Aid to implement its seven step waste management model, in partnership with the communities of Goodooga, Weilmoringle and Brewarrina for a total project value of around $550 000.

Waste Aid is a charitable organisation formed in 2014 to support remote and disadvantaged communities to improve waste management.

The 7 step waste management model was piloted by Waste Aid in 2015 in partnership with the Aboriginal communities of Bourke and Enngonia. It has achieved the removal of 160 cubic metres of bulk waste and 52 car wrecks from Bourke community alone and contributed new garbage bins, public litter bins and collection trailers to both communities.

“It’s refreshing to now have major stakeholders assist our communities address a range of historical waste management issues” Alistair Ferguson,Chair Bourke Aboriginal  Community Working Party

Waste Aid’s Acting CEO, Mr Mark Conlon explained that since the waste model was announced and promoted in 2015, Waste Aid had received great interest from many Aboriginal communities seeking to establish more sustainable systems.

“The communities we work in are regularly listed as the most disadvantaged communities in NSW. There is a significant gap in municipal services delivered to some of these locations and it is Waste Aid’s long-term objective to work with the communities to identify and deliver waste services that are appropriate for them.

“Waste Aid is delighted to receive this funding to work with an additional three communities in 2016.”

“We trust that as the programme moves from strength to strength, that Waste Aid will attract further supporters to enable collaboration with more Aboriginal communities to create the right system suitable for their respective lands,” Mr Conlon said.

Waste Aid thanks the partners who supported the 2015 pilot including the NSW EPA, APC, Bourke Aboriginal Community Working Party, Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation (MPREC), NSW Health, Rural Fire Services, SULO, NSW Aboriginal Affairs, Bourke Shire Council, Bourke Aboriginal Health Service, NetWaste, Waste Aid, the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Lend Lease.