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APY Lands Recycling Initiative



The APY Lands Recycling Initiative introduced six cardboard balers within the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) in far north west South Australia (SA) to reduce the amount of waste coming out of community stores from cardboard packaging.

The project built on a trial that was conducted as part of the Waste management in the APY Lands past, present and future regional waste management priorities and implementation plan report, released in June 2011, which looked at developing a strategic approach to reducing waste, improving landfill management, and increasing recovery of resources across the APY Lands. One of the key recommendations of the report was the installation of a cardboard baler at every community store across the APY Lands to enable the separation baling of cardboard for return and recycling in Adelaide.

Waste Aid sought funding to purchase and install six cardboard balers on behalf of Regional Stores Aboriginal Council community stores, which was obtained, and saw the installation of five cardboard balers.

A key outcome from the project included a significant reduction of waste volumes from community stores. THe project diverted 56 bales of cardboard, weighing 3.64 tonnes, form landfill. By the end of June 2016, approximately 96 bales weighing 6.2 tonnes of material will have been returned for reprocessing. Income from the reprocessing of the bales is returned to the community's store network.

This project was a collaboration between Waste Aid, Mai Wiru Regional Stores Council, Aroroa Ltd, and Toll Logistics, and funded by Zero Waste SA and the Australian Packaging Covenant.

Abstract adapted from Waste Aid


Waste Aid
82-84 George Street
Redfern NSW 2060
Ph: (02) 8188 2051

Related publications

Waste Aid (2015)

Cardboard baling and return transport logistics for packaging in the remote APY Lands, SA.

Sydney: Waste Aid

Waste Aid (2015)

Case study: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (The APY Lands).

Sydney: Waste Aid

A Prince Consulting, Davies Consulting Services (2011)

The rubbish report: waste management in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (The APY Lands): past, present and future.

Sydney: A Prince Consulting


Last updated: 12 July 2017
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