Thursday, 31 August 2017 12:54

Waste program secures ongoing funding

WSROC regional waste coordinators at Shop.Cook.Save. event in 2016. WSROC regional waste coordinators at Shop.Cook.Save. event in 2016.

Western Sydney’s award-winning regional waste program has secured a further four years of funding under the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “The Western Sydney Regional Waste Strategy has been one of WSROC’s most successful programs, setting the groundwork for a more collaborative, sustainable and cost-effective approach to waste management in Western Sydney.

“The 2014-17 Strategy was developed by 10 Western Sydney councils[1] to address some of the key waste management challenges facing our rapidly growing region such as rising landfill costs, residential densification, and the safe management of asbestos,” he said.

“As our region grows, the onus will be on councils to ensure this essential service continues in a way that is sustainable, affordable, and safeguards community amenity. So it is exciting to see this program continue to 2021 with the full support and funding of the NSW EPA.

“WSROC is currently working with council waste managers to identify regional priorities and programs for the next four years,” said Cr Bali.

77 individual projects were successfully carried out under the three year program including:

Better governance

  • Developed Western Sydney’s first ever Regional Litter Plan.
  • Established a regional baseline and dataset for monitoring litter and illegal dumping.
  • Delivered Regional Options Analyses to support councils in making informed investment decisions.
  • Partnered with RMS and the NSW EPA to reduce roadside litter across key sites.
  • Facilitated professional development networks for waste management, community education and planning staff.

Better infrastructure

  • Supported the establishment of six Community Recycling Centres across Western Sydney.
  • Selected to represent local government in the development of NSW Container Deposit Legislation alongside stakeholders such as Coca-Cola Amatil.
  • Managed an assessment of Western Sydney’s waste and recycling infrastructure needs to advocate for better infrastructure planning.
  • Managed a review of local development control plans to support harmonisation of waste infrastructure standards across the region.
  • Review of waste infrastructure options for multi-unit dwellings.

Regional advocacy

  • 17 submissions to the state and federal governments on critical waste planning issues for a growing Western Sydney.
  • Selected to represent local government on the NSW Tidy Roads Steering Committee alongside stakeholders such as Woolworths and Roads and Maritime Services.
  • Advocated for better state-level planning controls for new developments – supporting local government’s ability to service these developments.
  • Engaged the Greater Sydney Commission in exploring waste planning as part of its draft District Plans.

Community engagement

  • Safe disposal of over 130 tonnes of asbestos from Western Sydney homes under the Western Sydney Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme (WSRADS).
  • Developed a suite of image and video content to help councils engage with their communities.
  • Delivered a regional program of cooking classes to reduce food waste.
  • Developed a tool kit to help councils better engage with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

This program is supported by the NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.


[1] Prior to amalgamations.

 

Further information:

Western Sydney Options Analysis Summary Report

Western Sydney Infrastructure Needs Assessment

Western Sydney Regional Litter Program 2016 -2021

Western Sydney Litter and Illegal Dumping Baseline

Submissions to Government - Western Sydney Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy

Shop. Cook. Save. community cooking classes

Western Sydney Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme (WSRADS)

 

 

 

 

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