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Disposal Area

Field Trip Report

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Disposal Area

Field Trip Report


Ashley Mitchell

Year 10 Geography

Mr Gaynor

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Waste and Waste Management are very topical issues currently as the world is rapidly declining, due to our production of waste and pollution. The only way we can solve this problem is by learning about it so we can see what we need to change to get the world out of the state it is currently in.

As the population grows and standards of living increase the amount of solid waste we are producing also intensifies.

In Tasmania we use a casual waste disposal system in which we use Tips and Disposal Areas, this system has many environmental hazards.

These include:

-Contamination of Groundwater by toxic substances

-Soil Contamination

-Methane Emissions

To steer away from this we try to reduce, reuse and recycle, but it is not enough. The main one we can do is reduce, where you only buy what you need, and when you do buy you steer away from items that have a lot of plastic packaging.

We can also reuse, whether it is using re-usable bags instead of plastic ones or going to op-shops. Finally, we can recycle, a lot of the materials around us are recyclable such as glass, aluminium, plastic, steel and paper, these materials can be reprocessed and used again

We have chosen to learn about waste and waste management as it is a very topical issue as the world is in a major crisis with the amount of waste we are producing as well as the subject of climate change, which it plays a vital role in.


7084800222305Oil Pit

00Oil Pit

4687570-478155Gas Cannisters & Fire Extinguishers

00Gas Cannisters & Fire Extinguishers

47170433783700371433443815Timber Skip

00Timber Skip

344318944406003121266-284742Mattress Skip

00Mattress Skip

2724281-271168002389242-636358Scrap Metal Skip

00Scrap Metal Skip

2087353-170268001563195-637255Residential Asbestos

00Residential Asbestos

292384503White Goods + Scrap Metal

00White Goods + Scrap Metal


40676135583Fluorescent Tubes

00Fluorescent Tubes



4521901106045Tyre Pallet

00Tyre Pallet

437650811872300104683016286600-384744282137Resident Clean Fill

00Resident Clean Fill


58856041822874X-Ray Bin

Battery Palette

Paint back Bin

00X-Ray Bin

Battery Palette

Paint back Bin




2087354181216Compostable Sludge

00Compostable Sludge

850791263066Food and Animal Waste

00Food and Animal Waste

-283188275218Green Waste

00Green Waste

500712829319Recycling Station

00Recycling Station

3116098123496Light Vehicle Disposal

00Light Vehicle Disposal

Environmental Worldviews

Human Centred/Planetary Management Worldview

-Those whom have a Human Centred Worldview believe that the world and all of its resources are only for Human Kind.

-Many leaders around the world have this view such as Donald Trump, President of the United States, Scott Morrison, The Prime Minister of Australia and Tony Abbott, The Former Prime Minister of Australia

Stewardship Worldview

-Those who have a Stewardship Worldview believe that we must be stewards of the earth, we must manage what we have responsibly, and we must modify our current practices

-This can be known as the “Western Lifestyle”

-Only a few leaders around the world have this view this includes Jacinda Arden, The Prime Minister of New Zealand

Earth Centred/Environmental Wisdom Worldview

-Those who have an Earth Centred Worldview believe we are completely dependent on nature; our resources shall not be wasted and we should discourage economic and population growth

-There are not that many leaders in the world that believe this but in Australia we have the Greens party who are Environmentalists.

These views influence everybody in the world as they can influence each decision we make in our life; our worldviews are also important as they help show the bad decisions people are making due to their worldview and what we need to do in the world to help save it.

Questions and Answers

How much rubbish do they collect each year? 

Each year the Hobart City Council tip collects around 11,000 tonnes of rubbish around Hobart and its surrounding suburbs.

How much rubbish is needed before they need to expand and what would happen? 

The Hobart City Council has predicted that the Landfill part of the tip itself will be at full capacity by 2030, this is why they have the Waste Management Strategy in place. There is not a set number of kilograms before they are at capacity but if we keep continuing at the rate, we will be at the full capacity by 2030. Once they reach full capacity in the Landfill part, that part of the facility will close but the other facilities like the recycling area will stay open.

Where does recycling go? 

The only recycling that gets done in Tasmania is the recycling process of Glass, but all other recyclable materials are compacted down into bails and are shipped off to either the mainland or overseas but after that it is unknown to what really happens to the recyclable material.

How long will the Hobart tip be open for? 

The Hobart Tip is predicted to be open until 2030 and that is why the Waste Management Strategy has been put in place.

How many tips are there in Tasmania? 

There are only 17 waste management centres around Tasmania.

What is the charge for entry?  

Type of fee/charge cost Fee unit Supplementary information

Minimum waste disposal fee (excl. green waste and domestic clean fill) – up to 100kg $10.00 Per vehicle Minimum fee will be applied to loads under 100kg

General mixed waste $95.00 Per tonne Minimum Waste Disposal Fee of $10 to apply. High annual usage customers may be eligible for a reduced rate where lower operating costs to the City can be demonstrated

Sorted recyclable material (including timber, steel, concrete etc) $40.00 Per tonne  

recycling $40.00 Per tonne Minimum waste disposal fee does not apply for loads of less than 100kg

Minimum green waste disposal fee – up to 100kg $8.00 Per vehicle  

Green waste $70.00 Per tonne  

Compostable sludge $11.00 Per tonne  

What portion of waste is recycled? 

Only 12% of waste that you put in waste bins could be recycled but instead in goes into landfill

Has the amount of landfill increased over the years? 

According to page 14 of the Hobart city Waste Management strategy Booklet the amount of landfill has steadily decreased over the years, and in recent years it has decreased to 25,000 tonnes where in years before it was between 50,000-60,000 tonnes.

Do the seagulls create issues? 

No, surprisingly the seagulls do not create issues.

How do they get things for the tip shop? 

The staff at the tip climb through the general waste area and collect items, there is also a drop off area at the tip shop where people may drop items off for the tip shop to sell and the tip also collect items on a day called Annual Hard Waste which happens at least once a year which is where the Waste Management Centres go around suburbs collecting items that citizens do not want anymore and leave out for them to collect to then sell at the Tip shops.

What happened with specific disposing regimes? (phones, batteries etc.) 

There are many different specific disposing regimes one of the biggest regimes they have is electronics, there are numerous new looking tv , laptops and desktops that no longer work, at the tip they try to get them back up and running, if they do not they get certain parts that still work and sell them, if they do not have any of these things they will get shipped to Melbourne

Is there much income through the tip shop? 

The tip shop is a non-profit organisation which means that any income that is collected is either put towards the staffs pay or towards something that needs repairing

HCC has a motto “zero waste by 2030” how are we moving towards this? 

They aim to achieve zero waste to the Hobart Landfill by 2030 and includes over 90 actions across a range of areas such as organic waste, education, and litter. The City is committed to implementing these strategy’s over the coming years, and they will be providing programs to increase recycling and reduce waste disposal. The Strategy contains 91 actions and identifies 8 key focus areas:

Advocating for Change


Education and Engagement


Litter and Illegal Dumping

Inert Waste

City Waste and Innovation

Programs and Services


Bibliography (2019). [online] Available at: [Accessed 18 Mar. 2019]. (2019). City of Hobart. [online] Available at: [Accessed 18 Mar. 2019].

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