Sunday, July 9, 2023

Leading a Reform Agenda on Waste (NOM 20 June 2023 Council Meeting - deferred to August 2023 Council Meeting)

NoM resolved 8 August 2023 

Item No:         C0823(1) Item 27

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Leading a Reform Agenda on Waste       

Council at its meeting on 20 June 2023 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 08 August 2023.   

From:             Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz  
MOTION

1.   That Council notes councils have a key role to play in reducing waste and its impact on the environment.

2.   That Council notes across the Sydney metropolitan area, 55 per cent of household and commercial waste goes to landfill each year, resulting in loss of valuable resources, costing businesses and households more than $750 million in waste levies each year.

3.   That Council will work with other Sydney councils to

a)   reduce waste;

b)   improve environmental outcomes where waste has to be processed;

c)   find solutions for the residue that is left; and

d)   coordinate our advocacy, communications and collective buying power to bring the benefits of scale, efficiency and industry confidence.

4.   That Council write to the NSW Government to invest the revenue from its waste levy for council and industry initiatives that:

a)   accelerate the transition to a circular economy;

b)   build the waste infrastructure needed to meet the growing pressures of population growth, loss of landfill capacity and a lack of competition in the sector;

c)   educate and support communities to reduce waste; and

d)   set the waste levy at an appropriate level with realistic hypothecation allocation, to streamline planning approvals for infrastructure, and to increase clarity and efficiency of licensing procedures.

5.   That Council write to  the Commonwealth Government to expedite bans on materials that cannot be recycled or recovered, and to increase extended producer responsibilities including labelling to specify recycled content in product and packaging.

6.   That Council work with the other tiers of government to ensure the delivery of infrastructure solutions locally to reduce waste hauled long distances or to landfill.

We also need to note progress on Redcycle Scandal

Further Amendment: Council notes progress on Redcycle Scandal

EPA NSW 4 July 2023: Coles and Woolworths have met their immediate obligations under the Clean-up Notices issued by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) with more than 5000 tonnes of soft plastics moved to safe storage."...https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/news/media-releases/2023/epamedia230724-redcycle-clean-up-reaches-milestone
  • However, as there is no suitable processing in Australia, Overseas operations are being evaluated to either send plastics Overseas or Establish a facility here. "supermarkets have started sending samples to Germany, and to a company in the US state of Texas,".. 
  • "The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water declined to comment on any specific application to export soft-plastic waste." and 
  • "The soft plastics taskforce, which includes the supermarkets, has previously said it hopes to have a new soft plastics collection scheme in some stores by the end of 2023. ..The supermarkets will approach other retailers and brands to contribute to the cost of the program, which the supermarkets say will operate as a new not-for-profit, with independent governance." 
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-07-25/redcycle-soft-plastic-australia-supermarket-stockpiles-recycle/102635180

Proposed amendments to Item on August Council Meeting Agenda

That Council
  1. write to NSW Minister for Education and Federal Minister for Education who funds non-government schools and early childhood education centres including council Early Learning Centres, proposing that local bins be standardized across the Inner West Local Goverment Area to provide students with common education.
  2. notes the concern of residents at Lidcomb about a tranfer station at 109A Church St to take Inner West waste.
  3. bring back a report on consistency in Council's Early Childhood Education Centres, Community Centres, Aquatic Centres, Libraries, Service Centres, Street, Park and Event bins.

Background to amendment

Waste disposal bins at local schools is inconsistant with home, street, park, community centre, aquatic centre, library and service centre waste disposal bins.

Home, street, park, community centre, aquatic centre, library and service centre waste disposal bins are not consistant.

No Lidcombe Tip (Source https://nolidcombetip.com/)

Cumberland Council is currently assessing an application to build a large waste transfer station in Lidcombe, at 109A Church St.
This is located next to residents.
If you believe that the proposal for the waste transfer station will impact on your area, please take the time to view the very detailed information in Council’s DA Tracker at this direct link to the DA details for DA2023/0130.


反对Lidcombe修建垃圾场修建-(中文信息).pdf
개발제안 DA2013/0130 에 대한 반대의견 – 기존 건축물 철거 및 오가닉 쓰레기 하치장 건설 및 운영:
1 – Respond to Cumberland Council – re proposed Organic Waste Transfer Station.pdf
2 – Respond to Cumberland Council – re proposed Organic Waste Transfer Station.pdf
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THE DEADLINE TO HAVE YOUR SAY IS FRIDAY, 14 JULY 2023
* UPDATE: Council has stated they will also accept submissions that are emailed during the weekend Sat. 15/7/23 and Sun. 16/7/23 *

If you are concerned about the proposed rubbish tip (Organic Waste Transfer Station, 109A Church Street, Lidcombe) and its impact, please lodge your concerns with Cumberland Council via email by Friday, 14 July 2023.

EMAIL
TO: council@cumberland.nsw.gov.au
SUBJECT: APPLICATION NO: DA2023/0130
Include your concerns…

YOU MUST INCLUDE:
Name
Address
Contact details (either email address and/or telephone number) noting Council will not consider anonymous submissions.


MATTERS OF CONCERN
(this does not cover all concerns, but some issues for consideration)

Traffic issues

  • 118 truck movements daily – through town and/or residential areas;
  • Timing of these movements – timeframes don’t align within the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), so more detail, corrected, should be provided.
  • This transfer station will be used for councils across the Sydney metropolitan area (listed as Inner West and Central Sydney areas, and then further implied for waste transfer across the Sydney metropolitan area), so transport and waste would be from all angles across the Lidcombe road network.

    Quality of road network
  • Roads and roundabouts will be damaged by the ongoing heavy vehicle usage of the area.
  • Maintenance would then be needed, which Council would need to pursue.
  • Rubbish on trucks could also ‘fly out’ during the transport phase. While trucks are indicated to be covered, the reality is that they are not always covered.

    Hours of operation
  • From EIS – Monday to Friday – 6.00 am to 10.00 pm; Saturday – 8.00 am to 6.00 pm; No operations will take place on Sunday and public holidays
  • Noting that the timeframes may expand pending other requirements of the business need.
  • Note that the Cumberland Development Control Plan (DCP) for Industrial zone says that timeframes are 7.00 am to 6.00 pm Monday to Saturday (nothing on Sunday). The proposed operational times go significantly over the DCP.

    Odour control
  • Whilst the Environmental Impact Statement and other report allegedly addresses the odour, there is no absolute assurance that odour from the site can be controlled.
  • Odours will also buffer the area when the trucks are travelling through to the site.
  • This will then impact the commercial entities of Lidcombe, as well as the residential areas.

    Location
  • Whilst this is an area zoned ‘industrial’, however, it is within very close proximity – less than 100 metres to the residential area.
  • Significant public housing, affordable housing and units are almost completed construction in very close proximity. It is so inappropriate for this proposal to be within this proximity.
  • The DCP also indicates ‘The hours of operation are managed to ensure residential amenity is protected’ (item 2.12 – Operational Management). This proposed operation completely unprotects the residential amenity.
  • Extracts from the amenity of the public space open area of the Pippita Rail Trail which is intended for active use and improved access to parklands and open spaces.
  • This site is not suitable for waste transfer processing – it needs to be within a full industrial area, with major arterial roads, not town centre or suburban roads, and not within such reach of a major residential area.

    Potential Future Tip Operations
  • If it is approved, is it Cumberland City Council to monitor the operations of this business? How will they do this? It adds more strain on the Council
  • What penalties will Cumberland City Council impose on the operator re going outside the approved operations?
  • If the ‘Tip’ becomes operational, what if it is extended to become a ‘tip’ for everything (garbage, recycling, green waste, FOGO and building waste (including asbestos). How will Cumberland City Council monitor the potential expansion of this ‘tip’? This is ‘futuristic’, but could be of concern.
Source https://nolidcombetip.com/ 

"Cumberland Council is currently considering a private proposal to build an organic waste transfer station on Church Street in Lidcombe. While the Federal Government is not involved with this proposal, I thought it was important local residents were made aware of it.

On Sunday 9 July, I held a community meeting in Lidcombe to give residents more information and to hear directly from them. More than 100 people turned up to express their concerns." - Sally Sitou, https://sallysitou.com/campaigning/proposed-lidcombe-organic-waste-transfer-station/

Currently at Inner West Council

  1. Where the various types and collections of our waste goes and is proposed to go in 23/24
  1. What are the total fees (which of the contracts in the Register pertain to waste?)we pay and allocated in 2023/4 budget in Council.

  1. With our construction please advise what materials are reused, recycled (where they are recycled and how much recycled material is used

This varies from each project due to site and project particulars. There is a strong want to recycle or use recycled materials where appropriate.

  1. Is the information on the website accurate and please advise where information is provided?

Councils A-Z  guide is update regularly.

  1. Where is Waste addressed in the Operational and Strategic Plans

Waste is addressed in section 1.6 of the Operational Plan. Inner West is a zero waste community with an active share economy.

  1. What Waste Risks are identified in our Risk Management

Both Council and our collection and disposal/processing contractors undertake Risk assessments on a yearly or as needs basis.  Risk Management Plans have also been established for the recycling bin roll out and the Introduction of food recycling. Some of the major concerns are addressed in business continuity planning regarding how we would collect in the event of a natural disaster or otherwise, and where we would dispose of waste.

 

 Leading a Reform Agenda on Waste

 (NOM 20 June 2023 Council Meeting - deferred to August 2023 Council Meeting)
- June 17, 2023

 Item No:         C0623(1) Item 27

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Leading a Reform Agenda on Waste           

From:             Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz  

 

 

MOTION

 

1.   That Council notes councils have a key role to play in reducing waste and its impact on the environment

2.   That Council notes across the Sydney metropolitan area, 55 per cent of household and commercial waste goes to landfill each year, resulting in loss of valuable resources, costing businesses and households more than $750 million in waste levies each year.

3.   That Council will work with other Sydney councils to

a)   reduce waste;

b)   improve environmental outcomes where waste has to be processed;

c)   find solutions for the residue that is left; and

d)   coordinate our advocacy, communications and collective buying power to bring the benefits of scale, efficiency and industry confidence.

4.   That Council write to the NSW Government to invest the revenue from its waste levy for council and industry initiatives that:

a)   accelerate the transition to a circular economy;

b)   build the waste infrastructure needed to meet the growing pressures of population growth, loss of landfill capacity and a lack of competition in the sector;

c)   educate and support communities to reduce waste; and

d)   set the waste levy at an appropriate level with realistic hypothecation allocation, to streamline planning approvals for infrastructure, and to increase clarity and efficiency of licensing procedures.

5.   That Council write to  the Commonwealth Government to expedite bans on materials that cannot be recycled or recovered, and to increase extended producer responsibilities including labelling to specify recycled content in product and packaging.

6.   That Council work with the other tiers of government to ensure the delivery of infrastructure solutions locally to reduce waste hauled long distances or to landfill.

 

Background...

https://perambuler.ramin.com.au/2023/06/leading-reform-agenda-on-waste-nom-20.html

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