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2004 Report


Hazardous Waste

Indicator description

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What the results tell us for Young

Council has no licence or facility for collection, transport or disposal of hazardous waste or 'controlled' waste as defined in the National Environment Protection Measure. Accordingly, it could provide no information about transport of hazardous or 'controlled' wastes through Young Shire and whether it complied with the relevant National Environment Protection Measure.

Council was given a high commendation, in writing, from the National drumMUSTER Field Officer for its all-year-round appointment-based system for reducing waste through the collection of cleaned containers used for crop production and chemicals.

Changes and trends

Council has a licence to accept bonded matrix asbestos in its landfill for burial, but has no other licence or facility for disposal of hazardous or 'controlled' waste.

Table 1 shows available information about activities relating to hazardous waste in the shire during the reporting period. A regional collector recycled oil during the reporting period but Council has no record of volumes involved.

Table 1. Volumes and types of hazardous waste collected within Young Shire, 2001 to 2004
OilsYes, but no recordYes, but no record
Putrescible organic waste*3000 tonnes3300 tonnes3500 tonnes3800 tonnes
Soils and sludgeOnly for trench cover (soil)Only for trench cover (soil)Only for trench cover (soil)Only for trench cover (soil)

* Putrescible organic waste is from the township of Young; Data source: Young Shire Council


Young Shire Council carried out ongoing collections and disposal of eligible chemical drums as part of the drumMUSTER program during the reporting period and in 2004 collected 4771 drums. The latter included 150 small steel containers, 1101 20-litre steel containers, 1041 small plastic containers and 2479 20-litre plastic containers.

Inspections are by appointment only. All drums eligible for the program must have been triple-rinsed. Council can only accept drums if they are clean both inside and out. Council's 'appointment at any time' system appears to be effective and better utilised than the one day per year system that other shires offer.

In June 2004 council received a congratulatory letter by drumMUSTER National Field Officer, Allan McGann. Mr McGann expressed praise towards Young Shire Council for its initiative towards drum collections and described it as 'leading the way in the region' for drum collections.

In 2004 Council reported on drumMUSTER as follows in its Annual Report:

"The drumMuster program has continued in operation with 4771 drums recycled, a significant reduction of waste to landfill. This number is up on the previous year and represents a steady stream of containers making their way into the system. The drumMUSTER program has been advertised extensively through local media and Council's Drum Inspector has been corresponding through the local Rural Merchandise stores and other farming/orchard businesses. This appears to have been effective as drum numbers were increased by approximately 7%."

Council continues to be a leader in the Australian Capital Region and also nationally with its method of collection of containers. Council's all year round appointment-based system was even given a high commendation in writing from the National drumMUSTER Field Officer.

Import and exports

Any hazardous waste generated in the shire is collected by private contractors and transported for processing, or recycling, or disposal elsewhere.

About the data

Young Shire Council provided data from council records.

Under National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) licensing arrangements, private contractors are required to comply with the NEPM for the collection, transportation and disposal of 'controlled' waste. Council has no control over these practices. The transport of the material is monitored through the NSW Environment Protection Authority. The NEPM includes a list of Controlled Wastes which are subject to procedures for information collection and sharing between jurisdictions (see

Further details of the drumMUSTER initiative are available on the web site or contact the Council Ranger on 6382 1466.