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Educating for recovery

Long term environmental protection requires more than just resource recovery, it also requires cultural change.

Australia has more than 500 active landfills, and hundreds more which are closed and require remediation. The vast majority of these landfills are owned by local government, meaning that in many cases, the long-term burden of remediating these sites falls to the communities in which they operate.

Sunshine Coast ready to offer new waste contract

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Council is ready to release the winner of its seven year residential collection contract.  

Council will award the Shire’s new waste contract next week at its final meeting for 2016.

Mayor Tony Wellington said the waste contract, which commences in September 2017 and runs for seven years, was one of the most important and certainly the most sizeable contract that Council will let this term.

Are you prepared for a disaster?


The burden of a natural disaster means recovery should not be solely carried out by those immediately affected.

While society has always faced the challenge of natural disasters, only recently have resource recovery professionals begun to take a proactive approach to disaster waste management planning - rather than simply reacting to a disaster.

Privatisation looms for Western Sydney’s waste services

With the merging of Sydney’s three largest councils, privatised waste services are likely ahead of local government polls next year. 

Holroyd and Auburn Councils as well as part of Parramatta Council have merged in May to form Cumberland Council, which is seen to outsource its waste service requirements.  

SA LGA - Spend the levy dividend

The South Australian Local Government Association (SA LGA) has said the new levy in will generate $145 million in unspent funds by 2019.

The landfill levy rose from $62 to $76 per tonne in metropolitan areas on 1 September, and has increased 1,450% since 2003. The Levy is half the metropolitan amount in regional South Australia.

LGA President Mayor Dave Burgess said experience interstate has shown that as the cost of legally disposing of waste rises, so too does illegal dumping.

Lifting the standard on residential hard waste collection

The City of Stirling, in partnership with SUEZ, has created a faster and safer way to undertake residential hard waste collections.

As Perth’s most populous local government area, the City of Stirling is no stranger to garbage. The city’s kerbside services are offered to more than 220,000 residents, who produce more than 100,000 tonnes of municipal waste materials per year.

WALGA welcomes CDS commitment

The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) welcomes the State Government’s commitment to a CDS, saying it is long overdue.

WALGA has voiced its support for the issue for the past ten years. Securing a container deposit scheme was part of the WALGA 2017 State election document, titled Better Government Stronger Communities, released at the Association AGM last week.

Facing waste challenges in Councils mergers

At the AWRE 2016 Seminar Series, industry experts spoke about how to best merge waste management services under amalgamations.

Mark McKenzie, Senior Policy Officer for Local Government NSW said they have been working to assist merging Councils in the state by providing resources and tools on a range of topics, including how to merge waste management services.


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