Kerbside Rubbish Collection

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    Karla Ivkovic

      Hi, my team and I are planning on focusing on Waste and Re-use 6.3. After researching online, we noticed that some of the communities in Cape York have kerbside waste collection on a weekly basis. Can we assume that there is kerbside collection in most of the rural communities in Cape York?

      If not, is there any other system that is currently being used within these communities?


      Grace Roberts

        Hi Karla,

        Well done on finding that out that some communities on the Cape have curbside collection in your research. As the focus for the CfAT Challenge is homelands and outstations on the Cape York peninsula though, I’d suggest you assume that none of these areas of focus will have curbside rubbish collection due to their level of remoteness and being sparsely populated with significant distances between them. I wonder if the areas you found that had curbside rubbish collection were in towns on the Cape in more urban areas.

        The current systems that are common for these remote areas for waste management is generally incineration (burning) done by households themselves, or landfill at certain dump sites. You can view one of these sites in the ‘Explore a returned homeland‘ interactive also accessed via our Resources page if you haven’t already.

        Hope that helps, and best of luck!

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