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Council commits to zero waste

01 Mar 2022

Council has further committed to the goal of zero waste, after endorsing the draft Towards Zero Waste Strategy 2022-2031 for public exhibition.

Council has further committed to the goal of zero waste, after endorsing the draft Towards Zero Waste Strategy 2022-2031 for public exhibition.

The Strategy outlines Council’s goal of transitioning towards a circular economy over the next 10 years. It focuses on the work done to date in preparing for this step and provides a detailed action plan to present clear and practical strategies for continuing to reduce waste to landfill and transition to a zero waste city. 

As part of this strategy, Council is committed to:

  • Trialing a choice of tip pass or kerbside pickup for the Booked Waste Service from 1 July 2022
  • Trialing a ward based Chipping Service in August 2022
  • Offering a weekly Green Bin service in September each year for the next four years
  • Commencing education and preparation in 2024 to introduce weekly Food and Garden Organic (FOGO) Bins in July 2026

“The Blue Mountains is recognised for leading the transition towards a zero waste community, through focusing on avoid, reuse and recycle and taking responsibility together to enable a circular economy,” Mayor, Cr Greenhill, said.

“The development of this Strategy is crucial as we balance finite resources with our goals of increased planetary health and long-term sustainability. We need to meet these expectations within our available resources. 

“The Strategy recognises the success Council has made in reducing waste to landfill and has six specific objectives to provide a clear direction for addressing resource recovery and waste management over the next 10 years. It’s a really good start and there is more work to do.”

The six objectives of the strategy are: 

1. Embed a circular economy by focusing on avoid, reuse, recycle then landfill 

2. Comply with legislation including a focus on environmental management 

3. Maintain ongoing value for money 

4. Ensure flexibility to respond to emerging opportunities 

5. Have a high level of community engagement 

6. Ensure local landfill capacity beyond 2034. 

Actions planned by Council to reach this commitment include continually improving waste services; avoiding single-use materials; exploring circular economy opportunities in the business sector; re-establishing waste facility tours and annual events; reviewing options to increase re-use in the local sharing economy; and moving to a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste service by 2026.

The new Strategy will replace the previous Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2017-2021. 

We are taking feedback on the Strategy from 8 March to 5 April. For more information go to https://yoursay.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/

For more information on Council’s extensive waste services, including booking a bulky waste pick up, go to: https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/waste

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