Council progress on reducing waste in Randwick City
The overall vision of Randwick City Council is to manage our waste as a valuable resource. We aim to recover the maximum resources possible, while protecting the environment and making our city a healthy place to live.
Did you know? We're aiming to divert 75% of our waste from landfills by 2020.
The Australian waste and recycling environment
Australians are among the highest producers of waste in the world, and the majority of this waste ends up in landfill. Unfortunately, landfill generates highly polluted leachate and greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and climate change. That's why we need to find a better alternative.
Randwick City waste generation
Currently the Randwick City Council area produces 52,000 tonnes of waste per year. This consists of:
- Dry recycling: 14,000 tonnes per year
- Green waste recycling: 6,000 tonnes per year
- Landfill disposal: 32,000 tonnes per year
Randwick City Council's waste strategy provides a framework for planning and managing our waste both now and in the future. Furthermore it sets out how we aim to reduce waste generation and, as a result, reduce our impact on the environment.
In line with the New South Wales Government targets, Randwick Council is aiming to:
- Divert 75% of our waste from landfill by 2020
- Ensure there is no untreated waste going into landfill by 2020
We're well on the way and are currently diverting 55% of our waste from landfill.
We also aim to:
- Create awareness of the 'waste to resource' concept
- Promote the introduction of alternative waste technologies and environmentally sound collection methods
- Continue to improve collection systems to meet our customer needs and achieve resource recovery targets
- Design and implement programs to improve recovery from kerbside recycling
- Implement Alternative Waste Technology that will ensure we meet the 66% resource recovery target by 2014
- Review the performance of Alternative Waste Technology and implement ecologically sustainable improvements to achieve 'no untreated waste to landfill' by 2020
- Develop and implement community engagement program aimed at reduction of contamination in recycling and green waste bins
Review and implement improved waste education programs to meet the needs of ecologically sustainable development
Annual volume of waste from Randwick households
The chart below illustrates the quantities of waste and recycling collected from households in the Randwick City area over the 2010 to 2012 period.
Figure 1. Waste tonnages for 2011-2012. Total waste generated 50,450 tonnes. 55% household waste, 25% dry recyclables, 13% organic 'green' waste and 7% bulky 'hard' waste. (Source: State of Environment Report 2012).
Figure 2. Waste tonnage for 2010-2011. Total waste generated 51,030 tonnes. 50% household waste, 26% dry recyclables, 12% organic 'green' waste and 12% bulky 'hard' waste. (Source: State of Environment Report 2012)
The Compost Revolution
Randwick City Council is a partner in the Compost Revolution, which means residents are entitled to a free compost bin or worm farm and can attend workshops to gain hands-on experience on starting and managing composting systems and worm farms. Through the Compost Revolution approximately 192 tonnes of waste has been diverted from landfill since 2010.