Waste generated from household in 9 Western Sydney councils in 2013-14. In the same year, together these councils spent over $106 million in waste management.
1 million tonnes
Estimated waste generation in Western Sydney by 2021, according to the president of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Councillor Tony Hadchiti. “This is the equivalent of garbage trucks filled with waste queued back to back from Sydney to Brisbane,” - Hadchiti.
Participating councils - Auburn, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills Shire, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith - are taking a regional approach to waste management with the formation of the Western Sydney Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy.
Key strategy targets of this forum include:
Gradually improve the regional resource recovery rate to 58% by 2017 and 70% by 2021 (currently 53%)
Establishing 10 Community Recycling Centres (or similar waste management solutions) in Western Sydney by 2021
Reducing per household waste generation. Work towards reducing regional waste generation from current generation of 7.8kg/capita/week to 7.5kg/capita/week by 2021
Reducing littering and illegal dumping. Work towards achieving the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) target for diversion of waste from landfill by 2021
Improving regional cooperation and collaboration