Blue Mountains City Council



Waste Results - How Are We Doing?

Our most recent results since the new waste service was introduced show we are heading in the right direction. The figures below show the percentage of waste from household bins diverted from landfill over the last six years.


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.

Want to help 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.

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 two relevant documents available to download on the right hand side of this page.