Councils continue war on waste to 2021

Waste, like water and electricity, is an essential service for any city; one delivered almost exclusively by local government. Councils are constantly working to deliver safe, affordable and sustainable waste services for the community, but this is no easy task.

The amount of waste produced by Western Sydney is growing. Not only because there are more people living in our region than ever before, but the amount of waste each household creates is increasing year on year.

At the same time, councils are faced with a number of challenges including changing recycling markets and increasingly scarce landfill space.

In order to meet these challenges, nine Western Sydney councils have developed a four-year strategy to reduce waste, increase recycling, and prevent litter and illegal dumping in the region.

This is not only good news for the environment, but will help maintain the affordability and sustainability of council waste services.

Under the strategy, Blue Mountains, Blacktown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith Councils aim to cut the percentage of household waste going to landfill from 43 per cent to 30 per cent by 2025.

Councils will be working closely with residents to try and reduce the amount of waste we create, and increase the amount we recycle.

At the regional level councils will work with industry and the state government to identify and support new recycling methods, investigate new technologies and plan for future waste needs.

Western Sydney can meet its 30 per cent target, if we all do our bit and work together. You can help by: shop to a list and only buy what you need; say no to single-use plastics, coffee cups and straws; make sure you are putting the right thing in the right bin; find ways to reuse, resell or donate items you no longer need; make use of council services such as e-waste collections and chemical cleanouts; start a worm farm or compost bin to recycle your kitchen scraps; choose to buy items made from recycled materials where possible.

Cr STEPHEN BALI

president, WSROC

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