Along with our population, our waste continues to grow. As modern consumption patterns continue to influence our daily lives, there is a recognition that waste will remain a long term issue for Wyndham and beyond.
The Waste & Litter Strategy provides a long term vision for waste in Wyndham; this Strategy shifts the focus from waste management to resource management by concentrating on topics that will instil waste avoidance, reduction, reuse and recycling.
The key purpose of this document is to set and deliver on a new direction for the Wyndham community which concentrates on avoidance, reuse and recycling rather than disposal; and prioritises our areas of influence and responsibility.
A key difference from the previous Waste Management Strategy 2010-2015 is the inclusion of litter as a topic in order to provide the full picture of waste related themes impacting on Wyndham and the community.
The Strategy is made up of a series of long term aspirational targets for 2040 as well as short term targets (updated every four years) providing a pathway to achieving the long term vision.
Why we need a strategy:
- 64% of the materials generated from households goes to landfill (36% landfill diversion)
- 23% of the recycling bins are made up of contamination (items that should not be there)
- On average the garbage bin contains 14% recyclable packaging
- 46% of the garbage bin is food waste which release harmful greenhouse gas emissions when deposited to landfill
- Only 15% of collected hard waste is recycled
- Council spends over $2 million on litter abatement measures per year
The Strategy has been developed with key objectives that will deliver on the overall vision, these objectives are to:
- Motivate a change of thinking that sees waste as a resource that needs to be recovered, reused or recycled;
- Increase resource recovery and decrease waste to landfill;
- Become leaders in resource recovery and litter management;
- Instil a community culture that won’t tolerate litter or illegal dumping; and
- Empower a diverse community with knowledge through waste and litter education programs and services.