Waste Management & Minimisation Plan

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Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018-2024

Since 2015 there's been an increase in the amount of waste our community sends to landfill. Over the same time, the amount of material we recycle has also dropped slightly. This matches a national trend in increasing waste to landfill and declining recycling tonnage.

The key information that has shaped our draft plan includes:

♦ We have a statutory duty to not only ensure waste is managed effectively and efficiently, but also to minimise it. 
♦ The amount of waste we're sending to landfill is increasing. 
♦ Our kerbside waste and recycling performance needs to improve. 
♦ Food and green waste represent the largest fractions of material being landfilled. This is potentially the biggest opportunity to throw less away. 
♦ There is potential opportunity to recover value from the waste stream through social enterprise initiatives. 
♦ We have a reliance on landfill disposal and no council owned waste facilities. 
♦ We do not have a solid waste bylaw.

The Plan sets out goals, objectives and targets to guide us towards waste avoidance, reduction and recovery. 

Draft Waste Management & Minimisation Plan 2018-2024 [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Tell us what you think

Do you agree with the proposed waste minimisation targets of:

♦ a 20% reduction in the total waste sent to Class1 landfills by 2024 
♦ a 40% decrease in organic waste by 2014 (kerbside collections) 
♦ a 20% increase in recycling by 2024.  

Tell us if you think the vision of the plan - a prosperous region, where each person takes responsibility for using resources wisely so that we can reduce harm to the environment is suitably ambitious for a 6 year plan.   

Make a submission on the online form. Submissions close Friday 20 April 2018. 

The hearing of submissions is planned for 14-16 May 2018.

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