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Bourke and Enngonia Sustainable Waste Management Model



This project tested the design and implementation of a new approach to waste management in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the far west region of New South Wales (NSW).

The waste management model had number of key components:

A local steering group oversaw the project planning, monitoring and implementation. It included representatives from local agencies and organisations.

The project was initiated by Waste Aid, who established the NSW Sustainable Waste in Aboriginal Communities (SWAC) Reference Group, comprising of eight agencies and organisations, which include the NSW Environment Protection Authority, Aboriginal Affairs, Local Government NSW and more.

In 2015, Waste Aid initiated an expansion of the Bourke and Enngonia Sustainable Waste Management Model after receiving approximately $550,000 in funding from the NSW Environment Protection Authority and the Australian Packaging Covenant. The model achieved the removal of 160 cubic metres of bulk waste and 52 car wrecks from the Bourke community alone. It contributed new garbage bins, public litter bins and collection trailers to both communities. The additional funding also allowed Waste Aid to work with a further three communities in 2016.

Abstract adapted from Waste Aid and the Australian Packaging Covenant


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


Last updated: 12 July 2017
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