Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Item No: C0921(3) Item 6 Subject: Zero Waste Strategy Targets/ Council Meeting Agenda TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2021

Questions and clarification, including basedline at https://perambuler.ramin.com.au/2021/09/monitoring-zero-waste-at-inner-west.html

Item No: C0921(3) Item 6 Subject: Zero Waste Strategy Target

RECOMMENDATION: THAT Council note the short and long term targets under the Zero Waste Strategy

DISCUSSION 

On 3 August 2021, Council resolved to;

3. Receive a report on the short and medium term targets under the strategy and plan for ensuring Council will monitor achievement of these interim targets. 

The table below details these targets with some examples of the actions that will be undertaken to reach them:

 

Priority

Targets (Strategy targets highlighted)

 

Monitoring

 

Reporting

Short-term

2021-2025

Medium-Term 2026-2030

Long-term

2031-2036

Avoid waste generation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actions:

Reduce waste landfilled per resident by 10% by 2025

Reduce waste landfilled per resident by 25% by 2030

Reduce waste landfilled per capita by 50% by 2036

·      Tonnages of kerbside waste and recycling.

·      Kerbside bin audits (every 3-4 years)

·      Corporate quarterly and annual report.

·      NSW WARR data return.

·      Summer Hill Reuse Centre - Green Living Centre, The Bower and Reverse Garbage

·      Supporting and promoting waste avoidance, reuse, and recycling to minimize waste

Reduce organic waste

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actions:

100% households have access to a food recycling by 2025

Reduce food and garden organic waste disposed in landfill by 60% by 2030

ongoing

·      Tonnages of kerbside waste and recycling.

·      Kerbside bin audits (every 3-4 years)

·      Corporate quarterly and annual report.

·      NSW WARR data return.

·      Increase participation and recovery from food recycling service for apartments

·      Implement FOGO (food and garden organics) service for all households

·      Engage residents with food waste avoidance and home composting initiatives

Recycle and buy recycled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actions:

Divert 20% of recyclables from the garbage by 2025

Divert 40% of recyclables from the garbage by 2030

Divert 60% of recyclables from the garbage bin by 2036

·      Council $ spend on sustainable products/ recycled content.

·      Tonnages recycled materials e.g., recycled crushed glass as sand replacement

·      Kerbside bin audits (every 3-4 years)

·      Corporate quarterly and annual report.

·      NSW WARR data return.

·      Align residential recycling services to commingled recycling and increase education and information reducing contamination and increasing recovery.

·      Monitor sustainable procurement (recycled content and recyclable at end of life

Problem wastes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actions:

Ban televisions and computers from landfill by 2025 (via council services)

Increase recycling of televisions and computers by 40% by 2026

Increase recycling of televisions and computers by 80% by 2036

·      CRC & Drop-off tonnages

·      Kerbside bin audits (every 3-4 years)

·      Clean-up audits (ad-hoc)

·      Corporate quarterly and annual report.

·      NSW WARR data return.

Reduce the amount of hazardous waste presented in the garbage by 10% by 2025

Reduce the amount of hazardous waste presented in the garbage by 25% by 2030

Reduce the amount of hazardous waste presented in the garbage to 50% by 2036

·      Kerbside bin audits (every 3-4 years)

 

·      Corporate quarterly and annual report.

Reduce illegal dumping by 10% by 2025

Reduce illegal dumping by 25% by 2030

Reduce illegal dumping by 50% by 2036

·      Incidences illegal dumping

·      Tonnages illegal dumping

·      Corporate quarterly and annual report.

·      NSW WARR data return.

·      Implement and promote booked clean-up services (discourage dumping)

·      Offer and promote services available to residents for collection and drop-off of problem wastes

Collaboration and advocacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actions:

Identify product stewardship schemes to align to council services by 2025

Access to product stewardship schemes by 2030

ongoing

·      # product stewardship schemes

·      Tonnages processed via PS schemes (where available)

·      Corporate quarterly and annual report.

 

Information on IWC waste flows within 3 months of each new contract.

ongoing

ongoing

·      Material stream information updated on website - # web hits

·      Corporate quarterly and annual report.

 

·      Collaborate with all levels of government, regionally and with industry to work towards a circular economy.

·      Regularly update and review resource recovery information available to community

Reduce litter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actions:

Reduce plastic litter by 30% by 2025

 

Reduce litter by 60% by 2030

 

ongoing

·      Litter collected in GPTs (kg)

·      # Coffee swap and go and cafes participating

·      # eligible containers collected via IWC Return and Earn collection points

·      Tonnages collected in litter bins

·      Tonnes collected from street sweeping

·      Corporate quarterly and annual report

·      Cooks River Litter Strategy

 

·      2021-22 Deliver 2 return and earn collection points for the recycling of eligible containers in public places

·      Intra-council collaboration to tackle litter and prevent it entering waterways (avoidance/reusables, education, empowerment, infrastructure, and enforcement).

·      Coffee cup swap and go

 FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The Zero Waste Strategy is embedded into the operational budget funded through the domestic waste management charge.

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

Source viewed 29 Sep 2021: https://innerwest.infocouncil.biz/Open/2021/09/C_28092021_AGN_3874_AT_WEB.htm

Monitoring Zero Waste at Inner West Council 28 Sep 2021:Questions on Update on Waste Strategy

28 Sep 2021:Update on Waste Strategy

Item No: C0921(3) Item 6 Subject: Zero Waste Strategy Targets/ Council Meeting Agenda TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2021 (https://perambuler.ramin.com.au/2021/09/item-no-c09213-item-6-subject-zero.html

Questions

A)the baseline data for the waste streams identified in report; 

The baseline data for the Zero Waste Strategy was from 2015/16 as this was amalgamation year. Data will be compared against this baseline in quarterly corporate reporting.


 

B)Litter to include Dog Poo and Cigarette Butts;

Litter includes a range of items including cigarette butts as detailed in the NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 – Stage 1 2021-27. NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041

 

C)Investigation of Drop off for small items eg x-rays through product stewardship/EPA schemes at community centres/libraries/service centres as well as businesses;

IWC is currently looking to implement a range of collection/ drop-off opportunities to improve accessibility – an update will be provided in due course.

 

D)Education to include Avoid and Reuse; and 

This is included under the priority of ‘avoiding waste generation’ and initiatives will include education and opportunities for repair and reuse. (e.g. waste avoidance and reuse education, repair workshops, reuse centre, communications etc)

 

E)Baseline, targets and progress to be reported and easy to find on website; 

We will be reporting on targets corporately – I understand these will be published on council’s website. We can also provide a snapshot of how we are tracking on the resource recovery webpages also.

 

F)Where each kind of Waste is processed - noting earlier resolution that none is incinerated

Noted – Council motion re incineration. This has also been communicated to SSROC in relation to joint procurement (that IWC will not participate in regional tenders for incineration of waste).

Now that the strategy is adopted we will be adding this information to the website (resource recovery pages).

  • Garbage > Veolia at Woodlawn. Some recovery
  • Recycling (yellow and blue) > Visy. Separated into material type and sent to market for reprocessing into new items (steel, aluminium, paper and cardboard, plastics by type and glass)
  • Food organics . Earthpower at Camelia. Creating green energy and soil conditioner.
  • Garden organics > Veolia. Use to create compost and mulch
  • Clean-up > Bingo. Post sort to recover metals, timber, organics etc.
  • E-waste > Tekflow (EPR scheme)> broken down into material components (plastic, glass, metals etc) and on-sold to markets.
 

G)Use of Recylced Materials in council construction projects and other activities

Council endeavours to use recycled material in capital projects and continues to seek out opportunities to do so.  Recent examples include the use of recycled timber on the fa├žade of Marrickville Library, and the “Paving the Way” project.

 

‘Paving the Way’ is a regional project that aims to create a market for challenging recycled materials.  Stage 1 involved a regional tender to use recycled crushed glass as a sand replacement.  This aims to create a market for around one-third of council domestic glass collections by replacing natural sand with recycled crushed glass (RCG) in road construction.   Stage two will be commencing shortly focussing on rubber/plastics.   IWC’s civil works, sustainability and procurement were involved in this work to ensure that recycled materials could be used in civil works and infrastructure projects.


H) Council operations waste streams including parks, community centres, offices and construction

Council operational waste streams are recycled or reused where feasible including:

  • Food waste from offices is composted onsite or uses Council’s FOO service
  • Recyclables such as paper, plastic, metals are recycled using a standard recycling service
  • Single use plastics have been removed from office activities
  • Waste streams from community centres are small and intermittent, but users are generally provided with standard recycling and garbage bins.  For events that might generate significant waste, users are asked to remove their own waste for recycling.
  • Waste collected from rubbish bins within parks is disposed to landfill.  Provision of recycling in parks has been considered but was not feasible as there is typically an extremely high level of contamination in public bins.  This causes significant problems at the downstream recycling plant.
  • Garden organics from pruning within parks and other gardens is generally composted, while wood waste is used as mulch.
  • Council’s construction waste is recycled and reused where feasible.  It is standard practice for construction contractors to recycle hard waste (bricks, concrete etc) where feasible as this is cheaper than landfilling.  Council also endeavours to re-use materials to avoid wastage.  Recent examples include the preservation of wooden flooring in parts of the Marrickville Library, or the retention of existing building structures at Haberfield Library and Tom Foster Community Centre.
  • The library collections unit generates waste from incoming books, however a project has been undertaken with the main supplier which has reduced packaging waste.  Old books that are being cycled out of the library’s collection are returned to the main supplier (regardless of their original source) and are donated to charity.

 

 

Oh yes and carbon emissions from disposal of our waste

Community The Inner West community carbon inventory follows the Global Protocol for Community- Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC). In the baseline year 2016-17, greenhouse gas emissions from waste is 5% of total emissions.

 

Corporate: The Inner West Council corporate carbon inventory follows the Climate Active Neutral Standard. Council’s activities generate approximately 22 kilotonnes (kt) of CO2-e each year. The vast majority relates to the consumption of fuel, gas and electricity, which together accounts for over 93% of emissions. Greenhouse Gas emissions from waste from Council operations is 1% of Council carbon emissions.

From this page it is not clear what  goes into blue or yellow bin in Leichhardt LGA

https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/live/waste-and-recycling/bins-and-clean-ups/recycling

The information is relevant to the whole LGA so lists all of the recycling items accepted and then the suburb related information identifies that the blue bin is for paper and cardboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






 

Have we had an update from epa about Leichhardt lga co-mingling?

"The NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy did not provided any guidance or opinion on commingled v additional source separation (like Victoria did).

IWC is planning to proceed to align recycling services to commingled recycling (one yellow lid bin – 240L) in the near future."

 NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041

 Stage 1 2021-27. NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041