Managing waste streams in isolated communities such as Norfolk Island poses significant challenges. Many of the conventional solutions used on the mainland are not feasible in this unique Island environment.
Waste Management is coordinated at the island’s Waste Management Centre (WMC). This is a drop-off facility for residents - and visitors - to take their waste. At the centre, waste is deposited into separate chutes depending on the type of waste being deposited. Click here for information regarding How to sort your waste.
The officers at the centre process waste as follows:
- General household refuse, including paper, cardboard and plastic, is baled and exported to a landfill
- Glass is disposed of into the ocean at Headstone
- Aluminium and steel cans are crushed, stockpiled and exported for recycling
- Car batteries are stockpiled and exported for recycling
- Asbestos is stockpiled and exported for disposal
- Car tyres are shredded, stockpiled and exported for recycling
- Organics and green waste are composted
- Metals waste such as cars are crushed stockpiled and exported for recycling
- Waste oils are decanted into IBCs for export and recycling
- Ewaste is packaged for export and recycling
Waste Management Centre Opening Hours
|Tuesday||7:00am - 3:00pm|
|Wednesday||7:00am - 1:00pm|
|Friday||7:00am - 1:00pm|
|Saturday||7:00am - 3:00pm|
From Tuesday 23 November 2021 the Headstone waste facility will be closed to the public. All bulky, construction, demolition and other non-compactable waste is to be delivered to the Waste Management Centre (WMC). An area has been established at the rear of the WMC shed, with waste streams for timber, hard plastic and other non-compactable waste. Note, all steel and aluminium waste products, aside from cans and tins, are to be placed at the scrap metal pile adjacent to the car crusher; green waste is to be placed at the normal location. WMC Staff will be available to assist customers with their questions during this change period. Access to these deposit areas will be open during full WMC operational hours and will be monitored by staff. Standard ticket fees still apply.
From Tuesday 23 November 2021, there will be no more dedicated ticket collector at the entrance to the WMC shed, with an honesty system being introduced. Customers should submit the required number of Waste Management tickets on arrival. A dedicated collection container will be provided at the entrance to the shed along with a ticket guide for waste type and load. Community use of the new system will be monitored over the coming months.
Team Leader Waste and Environment
Norfolk Island 2899