Waste Management Strategy

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. More information can be found by reading Council’s Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy.

The key aims of the Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy are to:

  • Achieve 50% diversion of waste from landfill by 2024/25;
  • Achieve a 90% Pass Rate in the recycling bin audits by the end of the strategy; and
  • Achieve 100% legislative compliance.

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 2020/21 annual update was noted by the Council at its 16 August 2021 Council meeting. A copy of the agenda report and minutes for this meeting can be found here.

Of the 28 actions, six have been completed, six are in progress and eight are embedded into standard business practices. The remaining eight actions have not been started; however, some are included for commencement during the 2021/22 financial year.

Progress against the goals can be viewed in the 2020/21 Infographic located here.

The key activities that Council completed during the 2020/21 financial year includes:

  • Completion of the feasibility study for a food and garden scraps collection
  • Continued research into a rural kerbside collection service and preparation of a community survey to be undertaken during the 2021/22 financial year
  • Completed a design review of the Wynyard Waste Transfer Station to determine physical improvements that could encourage better recycling
  • Developed and implemented a campaign to promote awareness of public value for waste management
  • Prepared and published a recycling infographic to provide clarity around how waste and recycling is being managed and processed
  • Installation of educational signs on all public place dual waste and recycling bins
  • Provision of recycling hub at the Wynyard Council Chambers for select recycling products.

There are many activities that council will be undertaking in the following year that support the principles of the Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy. Some of the key activities that Council plan to undertake during 2021/21 are as follows:

  • Continued investigation around ‘tip shop’ feasibility
  • Review viability of in-house waste management operations
  • Research and preparation of implementation plan to incorporate smart technology to aid in waste management collection, education and reporting
  • Conduct survey with select rural properties to determine feasibility of implementing a rural roadside collection service
  • Prepare educational materials which aim to reduce green waste contamination
  • Participation in regional discussions that promote the use of a circular economy concept.