Tuesday, 28 February 2017 12:18

Protecting our precious waste lands

WSROC CEO, Charles Casuscelli RFD and Greater Sydney Commission Environment Commissioner, Roderick Simpson. WSROC CEO, Charles Casuscelli RFD and Greater Sydney Commission Environment Commissioner, Roderick Simpson.

Waste managers, strategic planners and sustainability officers from across 14 Western Sydney councils gathered to hear the Greater Sydney Commission’s (GSC) plans to future proof Sydney’s waste and recycling needs this month.

GSC Environment Commissioner, Roderick Simpson, presented his team’s work mapping existing waste infrastructure and future opportunities in Western Sydney’s rapidly changing urban landscape.

GSC found that with growing residential development, the amount of available land conducive to waste management and processing activities is quickly diminishing within the Sydney basin.

For many years Western Sydney has catered for the waste management needs of Greater Sydney. However, due to the region’s shrinking landfill space and rapidly expanding residential precincts, there is an urgent need to identify and preserve appropriate locations for waste processing and management to ensure Sydney can adequately cater for future populations.

Simpson also discussed waste in the context of community planning and service provision; advocating for a place-led approach to waste management.

The importance of waste in the wider scheme of urban planning, economic development and environmental management was also discussed.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Waste is a core community service just like water and energy. Therefore, ensuring waste infrastructure and service providers are ready to cope with growth is essential to the liveability and functioning of our city.

“In the past not enough has been done to ensure we are planning for our city’s waste future at the strategic level.

“We are very pleased to hear the Greater Sydney Commission has waste firmly on their radar, and look forward to working with them to safe-guard community amenity for years to come,” said Cr Bali.

Other issues covered by the group included the imminent container deposit scheme (CDS) which is due to be implemented in the second half of 2017. 

CDS will require significant work from council teams with regards to planning approvals, contract negotiation with current waste service providers, and waste collection logistics.

 

Waste meeting collage

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