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WSROC welcomes NSW waste strategy, calls for support

Garbage truck collecting waste from kerbside bins Garbage truck collecting waste from kerbside bins

Media release, 18 June 2021

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the release of the long-awaited 20-Year Waste Strategy for NSW but cautions ambitious targets must be supported by a strong implementation plan and adequate resourcing.

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, welcomed the Strategy’s vision, but noted that resourcing was an area of concern for Western Sydney councils.

“The Strategy gives a clear vision for improving the way NSW reduces and manages waste. In particular, the state-wide roll-out of a green bin that takes food scraps and garden waste, joint-procurement, and focus on circular economy principles are commendable,” he said.

“However, delivering the Strategy will involve significant changes, that require adequate resourcing and ongoing collaboration between state and local government, industry and the community.

“We are concerned the Strategy’s release was accompanied by cuts to council funding such as to the Better Waste and Recycling program. Further, just 8 per cent of the Waste Levy was reinvested into local waste initiatives in the last financial year. This is an obvious channel of funding to support Strategy delivery,” said Clr Calvert.

“Councils want to see the 20-Year Waste Strategy vision realised. We urge the NSW Government to draw on councils’ strong experience in front-line waste service delivery and community engagement when developing plans for the Strategy’s implementation,” he said.

“Councils understand that large-scale changes to waste service delivery can only succeed if they are understood and accessible to everyone in the community. Community education, particularly with regard to recycling, is going to be key to this Strategy’s success.

“Working at the coalface of waste, councils are critical to ensuring the Waste Strategy comes to fruition, but we need support. We welcome the opportunity to work with government and the private sector, to ensure the vision set out in the Strategy is supported by a solid implementation plan and adequate resourcing,” said Clr Calvert.

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