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Regional research at Waste Educators Forum

Western Sydney council waste educators at WSROC forum, 27 April 2022 Western Sydney council waste educators at WSROC forum, 27 April 2022


After two years of online meetings, Western Sydney Waste Educators gathered in person during April to discuss the latest behaviour change studies, regional research outcomes, and targeted education campaigns from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

25 staff from across Western Sydney councils gathered to hear results from WSROC’s latest regional research projects including:

  • How do you measure what is not there? Measurement and evaluation techniques for waste avoidance behaviour change programs - Jenni Downes, Behaviour Work Australia
  • What do Western Sydney residents have to say about waste? Social research on waste and resource recovery - James Parker, Taverner Research Group

The NSW EPA also attended to share insights from its FOGO Deep Dive Education program which worked with councils across NSW to identify the best ways to engage communities in diverting food waste from landfill via Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) green bin system. Under the NSW Government’s Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 all councils must transition to a FOGO system by 2030.  

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, said, “WSROC professional networks allow council staff to hear about the latest in their field, share ideas, and collaborate on regional programs.

“The two WSROC research projects presented at this forum were identified as priorities by council waste staff, and the results are designed to inform successful program design within each of Western Sydney’s LGAs.

“WSROC’s ability to conduct strategic, region-scale research and programs on behalf of its members allows council staff to benefit from programs they may not have internal resources to deliver, and delivers efficiencies by preventing duplication across the region,” he said.



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