Share your thoughts and ideas about the future of waste in Canada Bay.
We are encouraging all residents to contribute to the first overarching Waste Strategy for our City and help guide the future of Council services and education programs.
This is your opportunity to have your say and Weigh in on Waste!
Did you know everything you place in your red lidded waste bin is buried in landfill where it will never be used again? Or that decomposing waste from landfill contributes to Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions?
In the City of Canada Bay, over 18,000 tonnes of waste is sent to landfill each year, costing our community over $4 million.
Over the past five years we have successfully reduced the amount of household waste sent to landfill despite our increasing population. This is a tremendous result thanks to waste education and the efforts of the community but there's still more work to be done.
We already provide a number of innovative free recycling options and education programs to the community, including:
We're always looking for further ways to help our residents avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle waste and minimise what's sent to landfill. So complete the Community Survey and share your ideas!
Did you know that recycling costs significantly less than landfill? Or that making products from raw materials takes more water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions than making products from recycled materials?
City of Canada Bay households recycle over 7,000 tonnes per year through our kerbside recycling service. All recycling is sent to a recovery facility in Sydney and sorted into commodities such as paper, glass, plastics and metals, which are used to make new products including recycled plastic bottles and cardboard boxes manufactured in NSW.
While recycling collected in the City continues to be turned into new products, the recycling industry in Australia and internationally is undergoing significant challenges and changes. In 2018, China implemented stringent restrictions on the import of recyclable materials, with impacts still reverberating through an industry that had previously sent nearly half of all recycling collected in Australia overseas for processing.
These changes present an opportunity to create more recycled products here in Australia, but have also impacted on commodity markets and increased recycling costs for councils around Australia. New markets for recycled products may also require cleaner, less contaminated material so it's important that we all continue to recycle and reduce contamination in order to provide the deliver the best recycling outcomes.
Complete the Community Survey and share your ideas on improving recycling.
Did you know that the average City of Canada Bay household throws away 4kg of food waste a week? Or that nearly half of the contents of our red lidded waste bins is food waste?
Reducing food waste would have a huge impact on the amount of waste we send to landfill. If we threw away half as much food waste we could divert over 7,000 tonnes of waste from landfill and potentially save over $1 million annually.
Council supports the recovery and composting of food waste, and previously ran a major trial collecting food waste from households, including combining food waste and garden organics in one bin. This trial was successful but when we tendered for our current waste disposal contract we found that unfortunately processors in and around Sydney did not have capacity to accept this material.
While some regional councils are now collecting food waste in garden bins, very few metropolitan Sydney councils have been able to implement food waste collections due to limited infrastructure, contamination risks, and challenges in retrofitting collection systems for units and apartment buildings. While we acknowledge these challenges, we are also continuing to monitor infrastructure developments and other opportunities to reduce food waste to landfill.
We also encourage households to reduce food waste by home composting, planning meals, checking food supplies before shopping, and using leftovers creatively.
Complete the Community Survey and share your ideas on managing food waste.
Did you know that the City of Canada Bay throws away over 2,000 tonnes of materials in our bulk household clean up annually?
The City of Canada Bay provides two bulk household collections per year on pre-scheduled dates to each residential property. Last year our bulk household service collected:
Unfortunately most furniture and mixed household items you place out for bulk household collection is destined for landfill. Some other ways to give your unwanted items a second life is to donate them to charities or reuse centres, or swap or sell them online or at a garage sale.
Complete the Community Survey and share your ideas on managing bulk household materials.
There has never been a more important time to look at how waste is managed in our City. Increasing consumption and trends towards a 'disposal' economy are contributing to ever higher levels of waste. At the same time, the waste sector is facing unprecedented pressures both in Australia and internationally. International restrictions on movements of recyclables, limited domestic recycling processors and end markets, and reducing available landfill space are providing both challenges and opportunities to improve our local recycling capacity.
Effective waste management is essential to minimise our impacts on the environment, and reduce costs for our residents. The first overarching Waste Strategy for our City will identify opportunities and lay out a pathway for increasing recycling and reducing the amount of waste to landfill from City of Canada Bay, and your input and feedback is critical to ensure this Strategy reflects our community's vision and priorities.
Contents of household recycling bins continues to be sorted and turned into new products. Our household recycling is delivered to a Material Recovery Facility in Smithfield, Sydney, operated by VISY Recycling. This facility sorts and separates the mixed materials in our bins into recyclable material types. Visy Recycling use our materials to manufacture products themselves from materials including paper, cardboard, and plastics such as PET and HDPE. Other materials including steel and aluminium have strong market demand from other companies in NSW.
Recent restrictions on the import of recyclable material by countries such as China, India and Malaysia offer a great opportunity for Australian industry and all levels of government to improve our local capacity to reprocess our recycling. This is vital to the long-term viability of kerbside recycling and will create local industries and jobs.
City of Canada Bay, along with councils across Australia, state and federal governments and industry are working together to implement strategies to develop stronger markets for recycling, including by supporting the Local Government NSW Save Our Recycling campaign, which calls for the state government to greatly increase investment in the local industry.
New markets may require cleaner, less contaminated material so it is important that we all continue to recycle and reduce contamination in order to provide the best recycling products. To help us recycle right, we ask residents to avoid single use plastics and reuse where possible. We also ask residents to continue their great efforts with home recycling and to minimise the amount of contamination in their yellow bins.
Many factors need to be taken into consideration when investigating new technologies and services, including:
To give the greatest chance of success, new technologies and services need to be implemented following in-depth case studies and trials and in consultation with our community.
Take the Community Survey!
There are a number of ways you can get involved. Details on pop-up events, workshops and different opportunities to have your say will be made available on this website.
The Draft Waste Strategy will be placed on public exhibition for comment in 2020 before adoption by Council.
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Do you work or own a business in Canada Bay? Share your feedback on commercial waste and recycling services.
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