Thursday, 30 April 2015 15:38

Western Sydney collaborates to divert 70% from landfill

Media release, April 30, 2015

 

Ten Western Sydney councils have joined forces to reduce waste, increase recycling and combat illegal dumping across the region.Western Sydney Regional Waste Strategy

The collectively developed Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy, launched this week, takes a regional approach to waste management to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing.

President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Councillor Tony Hadchiti said that while unappealing, waste management is a very real issue in the rapidly growing area.

“Without intervention, Western Sydney’s waste generation will hit well over 1 million tonnes per year by 2021,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“This is the equivalent of garbage trucks filled with waste queued back to back from Sydney to Brisbane.”

“Waste generation per person has been growing steadily over the past five years. Combine this with hundreds of thousands of extra residents and we start to see massive increases,” he said.

“A key target for Western Sydney is diverting 70 per cent of waste from landfill by the year 2021,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“We have set such an ambitious goal because we see great room for improvement.”

“Recent audits on waste bins in Western Sydney found that up to 33% of rubbish put out in the garbage was potentially recyclable in the yellow bin.”

“The WSROC-led waste management team will ensure collaboration and knowledge sharing are central to how we approach waste moving forward,” he said.

“A number of our councils have won awards for outstanding waste management projects. Each has its own strengths, and by working together councils can take advantage of these best practice initiatives.”

“One example is the Western Sydney Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme. This region-wide program was modelled off the extremely successful pilot developed by Holroyd City Council,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“We hope to see more programs like this implemented at a regional level,” he said.

Participating councils include: AuburnBlacktown, Blue MountainsFairfieldHawkesburyThe HillsHolroydLiverpoolParramatta and Penrith.


Key strategy targets:

  • Increase household waste diverted from landfill to 70 per cent by the year 2021
  • Establish 10 Community Recycling Centres* in Western Sydney by 2021
  • Support key industries* in diverting 75 per cent of waste from landfill by 2021
  • Reduce per household waste generation
  • Reduce littering and illegal dumping
  • Improve regional cooperation and collaboration

 

The Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy has been supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority with funding from the waste levy.

 

NSW EPA logo

 

 

More information:

Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014 - 2017

Western Sydney regional waste strategy webpage

NSW Environment Protection Authority regional waste strategies webpage 

  

Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 02 9671 4333

*Or other innovative solutions for managing problem wastes.

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