Council has developed a five-year Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy which aims to achieve a 50% diversion of waste from landfill by 2024 and the continuous improvement in the way Council manages the waste generated within the community.
Waste management services are recognised within the community as being co-produced with Council. In other words, the success of waste management relies on community member contribution. Identified through research during 2017 and 2018, it was discovered that typically individuals genuinely wanted to do the right thing for waste disposal but there were barriers in doing this effectively.
To be in the best position to divert waste from landfill and reduce barriers for community contribution, Council intends to introduce progressive ways to manage waste to landfill through the strategy focus areas of: Materials Recovery; Education; Environmental Compliance and Value-for-Money.
A total of 28 actions have been identified within the strategy focus areas for delivery over the five year period between 2019 and 2024.
Key activities undertaken during the first year (2019/20) of implementation of the strategy:
- Commenced feasibility study for a food and garden scraps collection
- Provided services for difficult to dispose of items at the Wynyard waste transfer station, such as e-waste and batteries
- Developed and delivered Waste Survey to determine community’s appetite for change relating to a rural collection service, changing opening hours at the waste transfer station and providing a food and garden scraps collection
- Prepared an education and awareness campaign for the promotion of initiatives through the Council’s social media page
- Removed gate fees at the Wynyard waste transfer station for residents
The key activities that Council plan to deliver during the 2020/21 financial year include:
- Completion of the feasibility study for a food and garden scraps collection
- Determine position on introducing a rural collection service and changing the opening hours at the waste transfer station, informed by the survey undertaken in early 2020
- Investigate opportunities to provide an enclosed “tip shop” and prepare a recommendation for implementation in following years
- Develop a campaign to promote awareness of public value for waste management
- Provide clarity around how waste and recycling is being managed and processed
- Investigate and implement methods for monitoring and managing green waste contamination
More information can be found by reading Council’s Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy.