Waste and Recycling
Waste and recycling management is a major responsibility for councils, and is significant socially, environmentally and economically.
In NSW, councils manage an estimated 3.5 million tonnes of waste generated by residents each year.
- Collect an ever increasing variety of materials for recycling
- Provide improved waste and recycling education and communication to the community
- Process waste in new ways to increase recycling, decrease reliance on landfills and avoid other environmental impacts.
Our case studies web page provides examples of some of the innovative waste and recycling solutions councils have delivered for their communities.
- Helping councils to keep informed about waste and recycling issues and opportunities
- Advocating for councils on key waste and recycling issues
- Representing local government on a number of NSW and national waste and recycling policy committees and working groups
- Working with the NSW Environment Protection Authority to achieve improved outcomes from Waste Less, Recycle More, the State’s major waste and recycling funding initiative
- Promoting and celebrating local government waste and recycling achievements.
LGNSW has developed an Amalgamation Toolkit that aims to provide a practical level of guidance and support to councils who have started to undertake work on an amalgamation. Our Toolkit provides project guidance as councils plan for waste and recycling service integration.
Extended Producer Responsibility
- Responsible packaging design and EPR for packaging waste
- Management of problem wastes including but not limited to paints, batteries, chemicals, mattresses, electronic waste (e-waste) and asbestos
- Development of an effective Container Deposit Scheme (CDS)
- Reducing the impact of plastic shopping bags, microbeads and other pollutants.
Submission on the draft Changing Behaviour Together: NSW Waste Less, Recycle More Education Strategy - May 2015 (PDF, 124KB)
Submission on the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme - Operational Review - Feb 2015 (PDF, 250KB)