Tuesday, 26 May 2015 17:36

WSROC launches regional waste strategy

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti and Holroyd Mayor Greg Cummings at launch of Western Sydney Regional Waste Strategy WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti and Holroyd Mayor Greg Cummings at launch of Western Sydney Regional Waste Strategy

Ten Western Sydney councils have joined forces under a new strategy to reduce waste, increase recycling and combat illegal dumping across the region.

The collectively developed Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy, launched last month, takes a regional approach to waste management with the aim of fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing between councils.

President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Councillor Tony Hadchiti said that waste management is a very real issue in the rapidly growing area.

“Without intervention, Western Sydney’s waste generation will hit well over 1 million tonnes per year by 2021,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“This is the equivalent of garbage trucks filled with waste queued back to back from Sydney to Brisbane.”

“Waste generation per person has been growing steadily over the past five years. Combine this with hundreds of thousands of extra residents and we start to see massive increases,” he said.

The strategy is the result of over 12 months of collaboration between WSROC, its participating councils and the NSW Environment Protection Authority. Part of this process was identifying key issues for councils and discussing how these might be addressed at a regional level.

“For example, recent audits on waste bins in Western Sydney found that up to 33 per cent of rubbish put out in the garbage was potentially recyclable in the yellow bin,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“As a result, a key target for Western Sydney is diverting 70 per cent of waste from landfill by the year 2021. This is an ambition goal, but we see great room for improvement,” he said.

“Another key goal is the establishment of 10 community recycling centres (CRCs) in Western Sydney by 2021, said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Western Sydney already has one successful CRC operating at Liverpool, and three more centres have been approved for funding in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith areas.

“A similar service for problem wastes has also been set up through a collaboration between Holroyd, Auburn and Parramatta councils. So Western Sydney is well on its way to achieving the 10 CRC target,” he said.

A WSROC-led regional waste team will be key to the implementation of this strategy. This team will oversee joint projects, funding applications, and maintain a collaborative approach to waste management moving forward.

“A number of our councils have won awards for outstanding waste management projects. Each has its own strengths, and by working together councils can take advantage of these best practice initiatives,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“One example is the Western Sydney Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme. This region-wide program was modelled off the extremely successful pilot developed by Holroyd City Council.

“We hope to see more programs like this implemented at a regional level,” he said.

The official launch was held at The Holroyd Centre, Merrylands on April 30, 2015. Guest speakers included EPA Director of Waste and Resource Recovery, Mr Stephen Beaman, Mayor of Holroyd City Council Cllr Greg Cummings, and WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti.

Participating councils include: Auburn, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.


Key strategy targets: 

  • Increase household waste recycled to 70 per cent by the year 2021
  • Establish 10 Community Recycling Centres* in Western Sydney by 2021
  • Reduce per household waste generation
  • Reduce littering and illegal dumping
  • Improve regional cooperation and collaboration

 

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The Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy has been supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority with funding from the waste levy.

 

Related articles:

Regional Waste Strategy project page

Media release: Western Sydney collaborates to divert 70% from landfill

Media release: Western Sydney wants cash for cans

News story: Western Sydney councils win Betty Award for asbestos campaign

NSW EPA website

 

 

 

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