The first phase of this strategy consultation has ended. Thank you for your submissions! We received 568 responses to the Weigh in on Waste online survey, a great response that demonstrates our community's engagement and interest in reducing waste and improving resource recovery outcomes.

View the full report on the Weigh in on Waste survey responses online here or download the report here.


Community Engagement Phase 2 - Community Workshops

If you missed the survey, get involved in phase 2 - our community workshops! Register here for one of the upcoming workshops here or below. Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are hosting 6 online workshops across three topics.

Community Workshops

Work with your neighbours and Council to build our first waste strategy.

All About Waste

Overview

Weigh in on Waste Infographic

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:

  • Annual E-waste drop off day
  • Annual chemical clean-out event
  • Recycling stations for batteries, printer cartridges and mobile phones, and
  • Community Recycling Centre for potentially hazardous wastes such as paints, motor oils, car batteries and gas bottles.

Recycling

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.

Food Organics

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.

Bulk household

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:

  • Nearly 3000 mattresses
  • Over 300 tonnes of bulk garden waste
  • Over 200 tonnes of white goods and metals.

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.

FAQs

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