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: 11,000 tonnes per year
- Green waste recycling: 6,000 tonnes per year
- Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT): 30,000 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 City Council is aiming to:
- Divert at least 75% of our waste from landfills by 2022
- Treat all waste prior to landfill disposal by 2025
We also aim to:
- Investigate opportunities for processing of waste at Energy from Waste (EfW) facility (participation in facility development; procurement of services etc.)
- Continue developing and implement effective community education programs aiming at waste avoidance and reduction
- Implement community engagement program to reduce recycling contamination and reverse contamination
- Procure improved waste collection and processing services
- Investigate potential underground waste collection system for new developments
- Investigate greater access to services at Randwick Recycling Centre
- Develop and implement illegal dumping and litter prevention programs
- Introduce opt-in food waste collection in all multi-unit dwellings
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.