Wednesday, 25 July 2018 16:46

Councils continue war on waste to 2021 Featured

WSROC CEO Charles Casuscelli and WSROC Vice President Cr Barry Calvert at the launch of the Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2017 - 2021. WSROC CEO Charles Casuscelli and WSROC Vice President Cr Barry Calvert at the launch of the Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2017 - 2021.

Media release, 25 July, 2018

 

Western Sydney councils are on a mission to reduce waste, increase recycling and prevent illegal dumping under a new four year strategy launched on 25 July, 2018.

The jointly developed, Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2017 – 2021, is a blueprint for a cleaner, more sustainable future.

Vice President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cr Barry Calvert, said “Waste, like water and electricity, is a critical service for any city; one delivered almost solely by local government in partnership with industry.“Councils are constantly working to deliver safe, sustainable and affordable waste services to the community.

This is no easy task in a region experiencing rapid growth, increasing household waste generation, and changing recycling markets.

“Working together allows councils to share knowledge, find efficiencies and work strategically to meet these challenges,” he said.Western Sydney’s first regional waste strategy was developed in 2014.

Since then, councils have cut the percentage of household waste going to landfill from 49 per cent to 43 per cent.

"Our goal is to reach 30 per cent by 2025,” said Cr Calvert.

"Landfill space in Sydney is filling up fast. At the same time we have a million additional residents moving into the region.

“We must reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill if council waste services are to remain affordable and sustainable well into the future,” he said.

“This isn’t something councils can do alone. We will be working closely with the community to try and reduce the amount of waste we create, promote reuse, and increase our rates of recycling,” he said.

"At the regional level councils will work with industry and the state government to identify and support new recycling methods, investigate new technologies and plan for future waste needs.

“Western Sydney can meet its 30 per cent target, but only if we all work together,” said Cr Calvert.

The Regional Waste Strategy is proudly funded by the NSW EPA under the Waste Less Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

Participating councils include: Blue Mountains, Blacktown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

 

What you can do to help reach our 30% target:

Shop to a list and only buy what you need. The average household throws out around $1000 in food items per year. Wasting food also wastes the resources that were used to grow, transport and package that food.

Say no to single-use plastics, coffee cups and straws. Making the effort to remember our reusable shopping bags, coffee cups and containers will make a big difference.

Make sure you are putting the right thing in the right bin. It is estimated that around 17 per cent of rubbish put out in the red bin could have been recycled in the yellow bin.

Find ways to reuse, resell or donate items you no longer need. Try selling old items online or donating to charity before throwing them away. Use old clothing as cleaning rags, or reuse glass jars for storage.

Make use of council services such as e-waste collections and chemical cleanouts. These services are designed to make sure harmful substances are safely treated and kept out of landfill.

Start a worm farm or compost bin to recycle your kitchen scraps. This makes great fertiliser for your garden, and prevents food taking up valuable landfill space.

Buy items made from recycled materials. Whether it’s recycled office paper or recycled plastic garden products, purchasing items made from recycled content helps ensure recycling is sustainable into the future.Contact your local council for further information on waste services in your area.

 

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