MIDWASTE Regional Waste Avoidance & Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-2021
Effective waste management is a fundamental responsibility for the NSW community as well as the global community. Without it, we risk compromising our environment, our health and our economy.
Midwaste Councils are responsible for delivering key resource and waste management services to residents in the region. Rates of recycling are increasing; however, waste generation is also increasing, resulting in higher landfill tonnages despite improvements in technology and management.
Midwaste embraces the importance placed by the NSW Government on waste and is committed to developing long-term strategies that strengthen resource recovery and prevent unnecessary waste. Midwaste has had a Waste Management and Resource Recovery Plan in place since 2003 that has provided the necessary guidance for waste management in the region. Having worked together as a group for over a decade, Midwaste members have made significant gains in regional collaboration on infrastructure, regional contracts and projects.
In order to continue building on the existing momentum and take advantage of the opportunities presented by the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, Midwaste has developed this regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) strategy. This strategy is the result of a collaborative effort involving all group members. An initial series of regional and sub-regional consultation sessions has been followed by continued discussions and reviews of the draft to ensure that the issues and priorities of all group members have been addressed. It is envisaged that the strategy will guide Midwaste’s regional waste management practices for the next 8 years and represents an opportunity for positive change through the continuing improvement of the region’s waste management landscape.
The strategy identifies a number of initiatives, actions and waste management solutions that comply with environmental, safety and legislative requirements in order to achieve the highest possible levels of waste diversion from landfill and encourage waste minimisation. It provides the basis for improving solid waste management services and facilities in the region and considers:
- alternative service delivery options for kerbside waste collection where appropriate;
- maximisation of the operational efficiency of landfills;
- opportunities for innovative educational activities and collaboration between member Councils and community;
- how to best reduce illegal dumping and littering in the regional context; and
- examining the most suitable options for dealing with problem waste streams.
This document outlines the current policy situation in national, state and local governments, details the current state of the region (Section 2), identifies Midwaste’s goals and objectives through the strategic framework (Section 3) and describes ways for achieving (Section 4) and implementing (Section 5) those goals.