Sea Swift NT recycling initiative with Council shows impressive results

East Arnhem Regional Council - in partnership with Sea Swift - has helped reduce landfill waste and increase recycling in the Northern Territory’s remote island communities.

Sea Swift joined forces with the Council six months ago by transporting recycling materials from the East Arnhem Land communities back to Darwin for processing at no cost to Council - and the results over the first six months are impressive.

To date, East Arnhem Regional Council (EARC) has now recycled:

  • More than 70,000 cans and bottles
  • 1.4 tonne of printer cartridges
  • Six tonne of automotive batteries
  • 12kg of mobile phones
  • One shipping container load of e-waste
  • 12 pallets of old damaged wheelie bins.

The Council's new recycling programs are linked to its new Waste Management Strategy, which is designed to reduce waste going to landfill and improve its communities' environmental footprint, with Council receiving significant support from Sea Swift for the rollout of these recycling programs.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sea Swift and its staff for the great support and effort shown to the recycling programs across all of our nine communities," said Matthew Garner, Regional Waste and Environmental Manager, EARC.

"This ongoing support has reduced the amount of waste going into the landfills, and helped reduce street litter across our communities.

"We look forward to working with Sea Swift in the future to continue the great work which is improving the health and wellbeing of our East Arnhem communities."

The overall initiative aims to reduce the combined 215,641m² area of all landfills in East Arnhem communities, and help the Council reach their target of 25 per cent waste recycled by 2020 and 50 per cent by 2025.

Sea Swift Chief Executive Officer Fred White said Sea Swift’s philosophy has always been to support every community where it operates.

“We have always understood the importance of supporting local communities, because we realise that a company like Sea Swift isn’t just a passive passer-by,” he said.

“The communities where we operate rely on the services we provide, and giving back is a core value of our company.

“We fully support the Council’s aim to minimise landfill expansion and the negative environmental impacts to their communities, making them more sustainable into the future.”

Sea Swift helps transport recyclable waste to Darwin for processing from communities including Gove, Groote Eylandt, Bickerton, Umbakumba, Elcho Island, Lake Evella, Milingimbi and Ramingining.

The following items are being recycled:

  • Cans and bottles
  • E-waste (old electronics including TVs and computers)
  • Hard mixed plastics (wheelie bins, pipes etc.)
  • Plastic shrink wrap
  • Batteries (automotive and domestic)
  • Aluminium, brass, and copper wire
  • Florescent tubes
  • Waste engine oil.

All recycling is strapped down on pallets, with Council estimating up to four pallets from each community per month.

Sea Swift also sponsors several other recycling initiatives in the Northern Territory as part of its overall community support and engagement program.

Sea Swift has depots in Darwin and Gove, as well as in Far North Queensland, and continues to expand its provision of services into the Northern Territory.

Sea Swift is one of the largest employers in Northern Australia with more than 400 staff and 30 vessels, and makes a significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the region.

If you have a freight enquiry and would like to speak to Sea Swift, contact its Darwin office on (08) 8935 2400 or email email/nt.sales)(

For more information on Sea Swift, visit

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