Recent waste results

The chart below shows the percentage of household waste diverted from landfill over the last six years. As you can see, we're heading in the right direction. The introduction of the new household green bin service in 2016 made a big difference and has positively impacted our diversion from landfill.

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While this is an encouraging trend, our households sent 7,806 tonnes to landfill from July to December 2016 which – when you consider the wrought iron used in the Eiffel Tower weighs 7,300 tonnes – is still a HUGE amount of waste.

 

Help us reduce waste to landfill

Here’s a few things we can all do that will make a huge difference:

  1. Compost your food waste at home. If you do this already maybe help a friend or family member get started. Our website also has information on our composting initiatives and workshops.
  2. Make sure you know what you can and can’t recycle. Lots of recyclables are still being thrown out in the red garbage bin.
  3. Deal with hazardous waste correctly. Chemicals, batteries and electronics don’t belong in the bin. Recycle them responsibly. Refer to our A-Z of recycling for more information.

 

Our current waste strategy

Our Draft Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021 was on public exhibition until 22 December 2017 and has now been formally adopted. You can view this and our previous strategy in the links below.

If you would like more information on state targets for waste avoidance and resource recovery, plus the strategies outlined to reach or exceed these targets, you can find the relevant documents in the Forms and Resources section below.