Central Australia’s animal graveyard

How many tonnes of dead animal carcasses went to Alice Springs landfill over the last year and a half?

David Sibenaler COUNCIL REPORTER
NT NewsNovember 14, 201411:57am

A truck returns from dumping their load at the Alice Springs Waste Management facility. PHOTO: Justin BriertySource:News Corp Australia

NEARLY 12 tonnes of animal carcasses went through the town’s regional waste management facilities weighbridge last financial year – close to the same weight as two adult African elephants.

The figure was revealed in the Alice Springs regional waste management facility report for October.

The dead pet you asked the vet to dispose of will end up buried in landfill, in most places across the country, and Alice Springs is no different.

“It’s a combination of horses, dogs, cats, pigs, any animal that dies,” said Alice Springs council technical services director Greg Buxton. “Road kill, kangaroos and that, the rangers pick them up, and you’ve got to dispose of them somewhere hygienic. So we put them at the back of landfill.”

The facility is on track to exceed last year’s total, with 3.7 tonnes deposited in the first quarter of this financial year.

Mr Buxton said most regional councils across the country dispose of dead animals in landfill.

“In the bigger cities they have an incinerator type setting where they cremate them, whereas we don’t have an incinerator here,” he said.

Originally published asAnimals stacking up at landfill

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