Midwaste Regional Waste Forum (Midwaste) comprises eight Councils located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Bellingen Shire, Coffs Harbour City and Nambucca Shire form the northern sub-region, Kempsey Shire and Port Macquarie-Hastings form the mid sub-region and Gloucester Shire, Great Lakes and Greater Taree City comprise the southern sub-region. Together, the 8 Midwaste Councils encompass approximately 21,000 square kilometres.
Major industries in the region are farming and logging and the coast is a popular destination for tourists, families and retirees. Seasonal variations in population, due to the influx of tourists during the peak holiday periods, add a level of complexity to the region’s waste management. Waste generated from the additional population influences both the composition and the quantity of waste generated during the holiday seasons.