Friday, 17 October 2014 11:46

Population boom calls for collaborative approach to waste

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WSROC has been working with waste managers in ten Western Sydney councils to develop the 2014-2017 Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy.

With Western Sydney’s population expected to increase by over 1 million by 2031, there is an urgent need for a strategic approach to waste management and to increase resource recovery.

By 2021, a total of 1,040,000 tonnes of domestic waste will be collected in the region per year – enough to fill 104,000 garbage trucks queued back to back from Sydney to Brisbane.

The new strategy addresses the key issues faced by Western Sydney councils including the need to divert more waste from landfill, prevent litter and combat illegal dumping.

At a regional level, WSROC is working with participating councils to maximise funding opportunities, develop the strategy’s regional actions, and ensure an increased capacity for resource recovery well into the future.

Community recycling centres have already proven a success with residents in Liverpool. The centre shows residents are concerned about sustainability and recycling initiatives. Community engagement and support is crucial to the implementation of the strategy, which will be released onto the WSROC website shortly.

This project is supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) with funding from the waste levy.

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