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A monster machine that eats old mattresses – then spits them out in the form of useful products – is saving Liverpool City Council residents over $500,000 yearly in waste disposal costs.

It is estimated that around 1.8 million mattresses are thrown out each year in Australia with around 40 per cent of them – 22,140 tonnes – ending up in landfill.

The disposal of old mattresses to landfill can cost councils up to $137 per mattress. Also, most landfill sites in Western Sydney will soon exhaust their capacity to receive mattresses as waste.

“Collection and transportation costs for old mattresses will become even more prohibitive as local Sydney landfills become exhausted by 2034, forcing councils to send them further afield,” said Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President, Councillor Barry Calvert.

“Looking like a cross between a giant reptile and an army tank, Liverpool City Council’s new mattress-munching machine – affectionately known as ‘The Croc’ – is not only reducing disposal costs for Liverpool City ratepayers but has the potential to help other councils across the region with mattress processing.

“In addition, Liverpool City’s mattress-eating machine is contributing to Western Sydney’s transition to the circular economy.”

Liverpool City Council alone collects and takes to landfill over twenty thousand mattresses a year.

Without ‘The Croc’, the cost to the council of getting these mattresses taken away by a private contractor is close to $800,000 per annum.

“So, WSROC congratulates Liverpool City Council on this wonderful initiative. And we certainly encourage other Western Sydney councils to avail themselves of Liverpool City’s mattress-munching monster,” said Councillor Calvert.

“There are two basic types of products extracted from the mattresses after recycling – flock and steel. 

“The flock alone can be then turned into:

  • Civic Quality Street Pavers
  • Blocks
  • Street Furniture
  • Pavers
  • Tiles
  • Toilet Dividers
  • Seats and Tables, and even
  • Public artworks!

“It’s hard not to smile at this Crocodile. It’s a money-maker for ratepayers,” said Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun.

 “It’s the latest in technology and we have the only one in South-West Sydney.

“It will help contain costs as we continue our back-to-basics agenda.”

To find out more about The Croc, go to https://ow.ly/xp4n50Q8bhA

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A high-level delegation from The Netherlands visited Western Sydney this week aiming to build partnerships between Australian and Dutch businesses and government, to benefit both the economy – and the environment.

“The aim of the visit is to not only benefit both nations economically but also work together towards achieving important sustainable development goals,” said Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President,  Councillor Barry Calvert.

“Focused on both waste management and the circular economy, the visiting delegation toured the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility and participated in a round table discussion with senior WSROC and Hawkesbury City Council representatives at Hawkesbury Council Chambers.

“WSROC shared details about our regional collaboration between councils working towards a circular economy and Hawkesbury City Council staff outlined their current waste strategy and the council’s strategy beyond 2026.

“With Sydney forecast to run out of landfill space by 2036, there’s a need for councils to think strategically about extending the life of waste facilities, increasing the ability to recover more valuable resources.

“Our visitors from the Netherlands are dealing with many of the same waste management challenges as we are in Australia, and we both have much to gain by sharing ideas and experience.

The Dutch delegation has been undertaking a waste and circular economy mission, visiting Brisbane and Sydney as part of the Waste Business Australia Netherlands Partners in Business Program 2021 – 2024, and visiting the ‘Waste 2024’ waste and resource recovery industry conference in Coffs Harbour.Small Dutch Meeting

The visiting group included industry representatives from such firms as the Dutch Power Group, the Blue Phoenix Group, Adverio Waste Systems, Hofstetter, Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects, and MetaSus.

Also attending were representatives from Rijkswaterstaat (The Netherlands’ Directorate General for Public Works and Water Management) and the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Rijkswaterstaat is an agency within the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands.

“The Rijkswaterstaat’s role is to practically execute public works and water management projects for the Dutch government,” says Joan Prummel, International Circular Economy Advisor.

Joan’s hope for the visit is to “Promote the adoption of circular economy strategies and programs outside of the Netherlands.”

As the Netherlands’ International Circular Economy Advisor, Joan is charged with:

  • Accelerating the international uptake of circular economy with a focus on international collaboration.
  • Creating awareness of circular opportunities.
  • Accelerating their implementation.
  • Developing partnerships.
  • Programmes and projects that support implementation of circular principles, and
  • Stimulating value chain collaboration and international exchange of knowledge and experiences.

The Economic Team of the Netherlands’ Consulate-General covers all trade and investment-related matters across Australia.

“Its mission is to promote economic relations between the Netherlands and Australia, whether it is government-to-government, knowledge-to-knowledge or business-to-business components,” said Councillor Calvert.

“Overall, the consulate-general team’s objective is to identify opportunities for Dutch businesses in the Australian market but also to do so in a manner that emphasises Dutch-Australian collaboration and partnerships to achieve mutual benefits.”

The organisations visiting Western Sydney from the Netherlands cover a range of waste recycling, circular economy and advanced manufacturing processes that utilise a range of technologies and deliver a wide range of sustainability outcomes sought by Western Sydney councils.

“Many of these companies promote exports and international cooperation in waste management and the circular economy and look to support similar collaboration and cooperation undertaken by western Sydney councils to achieve waste reduction and climate change mitigation.

“We welcome our new friends from The Netherlands and value the sharing of ideas and processes between our two nations that this visit has delivered” said Councillor Calvert.

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The peak body representing councils in Greater Western Sydney, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has been awarded $450,000 in grant funding by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) through the Litter Prevention Grants Program.

The funded initiative supports the coordination of the new ambitious Western Sydney-wide litter reduction effort.

WSROC and seven participating Western Sydney councils will team up to action the Western Sydney Regional Litter Prevention Plan 2023-2027 for maximum coordinated effect.

The seven participating councils are Blacktown City, Cumberland City, Fairfield City, Hawkesbury City, The Hills Shire, Liverpool City, and City of Parramatta Councils.

Litter costs Western Sydney residents more than $31 million dollars each year, with councils cleaning up and disposing of truckloads of littered items across the region.  

“The most littered locations are roadsides, car-parks, recreational parks, shopping strips, and train stations.  However, our creeks, rivers and other waterways are also seriously impacted by littering,” said WSROC President, Councillor Barry Calvert.SMALL Plastic litter in Western Sydney stream

“Along with cigarette butts, food packaging, and takeaway containers, including coffee cups, are the most littered items in Western Sydney.

“Only 55 percent of waste disposed in public places was correctly disposed, leaving councils to clean up the whopping 45 per cent of rubbish littered in our region.”

Under the new Western Sydney Regional Litter Prevention Plan, WSROC will work in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority and the seven councils to:

  • develop coordinated litter prevention messaging;
  • identify standardised litter management approaches;
  • increase the community’s personal responsibility to prevent litter;
  • work with other landowners and retailers to implement measure to prevent littering; and
  • support councils with resources, knowledge, monitoring and evaluation, among other tasks.

“This new Western Sydney Regional Litter Prevention Plan responds to the needs of our seven participating councils, who serve Australia’s most culturally diverse and fastest growing region with a population of over 2.6 million people and more than 191,000 businesses spread across approximately 9,000 square kilometres,” said Councillor Calvert.

“Much more than just an eyesore, litter degrades the environment, endangers wildlife, contaminates soil and water with chemicals, and the financial costs are borne by our communities.

“There are three major catchments in Greater Western Sydney — the Parramatta, Georges and Hawkesbury Rivers — fed by a large number of drains and tributaries that carry litter into these river systems and the public recreation areas along them.

“This can affect the community’s use of an amenity and can diminish their sense of pride of place,” said Councillor Calvert.

“Western Sydney residents are proud of our environment, and we want to keep our region clean.”

This project is a NSW Environment Protection Authority Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy initiative, funded from the Waste Levy.

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Monday, 07 March 2016 16:56

Clean up Western Sydney all year round

Media release, 7 March, 2016

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) are urging residents to keep cleanliness up following an enthusiastic turn out at local Clean up Australia Day events on the weekend.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Western Sydney residents put in a first-class effort on the weekend and we want to see this momentum continue throughout the rest of the year.”

“Clean Up Australia Day is a great reminder that we can all contribute to keeping our communities clean and that everyone has a role in litter prevention; not just on Clean Up Australia Day, but all year round,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Picking up litter comes at a great cost to councils and by extension, our rate payers,” he said.

“Collectively, Western Sydney councils spent in excess of $9.35 million dollars cleaning up the region in 2014/15 1. Money which could have otherwise been spent on providing improved community facilities and services,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“The most commonly littered item is cigarette butts which can make up as much as 81 per cent of litter in key hot spots,” he said.

“Ensuring we always put our litter straight in the bin, and pick up if we see it, can reduce the amount of money councils need to spend on litter management,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Hopefully next year we will be able to report a decrease in the amount of litter across our region,” he said.

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1 WSROC Regional Litter Baseline Study (in progress).

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