05.01 Resource NSW - Draft Waste Strategy (File W/00028)
HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CIVIC CENTRE, MACMAHON STREET, HURSTVILLE.
SUMMARY OF ITEMS CONTAINED IN THE
ACTING DIVISIONAL MANAGER - DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH'S REPORT
TO THE MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE
TO BE HELD ON 16TH OCTOBER, 2002
(Report by Acting Divisional Manager - Development & Health, Mr G Dickens)
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REPORT ITEM NO: .
DEVELOPMENT & HEALTH
ACTING DIVISIONAL MANAGER - DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH
REPORT NO 01TO THE PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE
TO BE HELD ON 16/10/2002
The General Manager
Hurstville City Council
The Civic Centre
Hereunder is my report No.01 to be submitted to the Planning and Environment Committee:-
05.01 RESOURCE NSW - DRAFT WASTE STRATEGY (File W/00028) (Report by Acting Divisional Manager - Development and Health, Mr G Dickens)
|REASON FOR REPORT||For Council’s Information |
|DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS REPORT?||No|
|IF ‘NO’ SHOULD A POLICY BE|
|FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS, IF|
|PRECIS OF RECOMMENDATION||The Report be received and noted|
The dissolution of the NSW Waste Boards, as a result of the introduction of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2001 (WARR Act), led to the formation of Resource NSW, which became the sole organization responsible for waste management and minimization initiatives throughout NSW.
The development of a ‘NSW Strategy’ to avoid waste, and recover resources, is a requirement of the new Act, and to that end, a draft strategy has been developed by Resource NSW in accordance to Section 12 of the Act, and was released in September 2002. The strategy has been based on broad consultation with various NSW community groups and stakeholders, and feedback on the draft strategy is required to be submitted by 28 October 2002.
“The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy” aims to address issues in relation to products and materials that are commonly called “waste” by the community and which are often disposed of to landfill.
The strategy identifies targets for achieving waste avoidance and resource recovery. It provides a framework for delivering these through a commitment from industry, government and other stakeholders to key programs and actions. It will also enable policy and priority setting and delivery of a more coordinated approached across government and industry levels.” (Source Resource NSW Sep 2002)
As the Strategy will shape and guide our approach to waste management initiatives in NSW to 2014, it is appropriate that feedback to Resource NSW be provided.
This report will briefly analyse and outline the feedback which is recommended that Council provide. The report will also indicate in broad terms the likely impacts of the strategy on waste management to Council, and the manner in which Council will need to meet the challenges outlined in the strategy.
The strategy and companion documents are also available on the web at http://www.resource.nsw.gov.au/.
This strategy is the primary strategic document to guide the efforts of state and local government agencies, industry and broader community in waste prevention and avoidance, re-use and recycling.
The strategy recognises that Local councils have a role to play in waste avoidance and resource recovery through regulation, policy, education and economic incentives. (p9-10)
Key Outcome Areas and their Goals and Targets are as follows:-
1. Preventing and avoiding waste
Goal – To prevent waste generation levels from increasing in the medium term.
Target – To maintain waste generation at current levels between 2000 and 2005.
2. Increased use of renewable and recovered materials
Goal – To maximise the use of material recovered from post-consumer and manufacturing processes as feedstock to make new products so that less of the Earth’s non-renewable resources need to be extracted and less pollution is generated.
Target – Increase recovery and utilisation of materials from the current 25% to 66% by 2014 (municipal sector target).
3. Reducing toxicity in products and materials
Goal – To reduce substances harmful to human health and the environment in all products and materials.
Target – To phase out priority substances (yet to be identified) and where products containing these substances require disposal, reduce “leachability” to levels currently permitted for inert waste.
4. Reducing litter and illegal dumping
Goal – To reduce total volumes of litter and illegally dumped material.
Target – Currently no quantitative target, as we don’t have accurate knowledge of the current situation. The EPA will shortly release methodology for measuring the amount of litter produced. This will be used as the benchmark.
Also, identified for each Key Outcome Area (KOA) are:-
- Priority materials (eg paper, packaging, garden organics etc.)
- Key players (eg: manufacturers, consumers, local government etc.)
Councils are identified specifically as “key players” for KOA’s 2, 3 and 4;
- Key actions needed (identified under the “Tools” identified below, eg: education,
regulation, life cycle analysis etc.)
Tools to Achieve Change
- System improvement mechanisms;
- Environmental assessment tools;
- Life cycle analysis;
- Environmental economic analyses;
- Waste Reduction and Purchasing Plans;
- Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship;
- Corporate environmental reporting;
- Research and development support;
- Eco-efficiency and cleaner production support;
- Recyclate market development support;
- Regulation; and,
- Economic tools.
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RECOMMENDATION NO: .01
DEVELOPMENT & HEALTH
: Recommendation RESOURCE NSW - DRAFT WASTE STRATEGY (File W/00028) (Report by Acting Divisional Manager - Development and Health, Mr G Dickens). Recommendation RESOURCE NSW - DRAFT WASTE STRATEGY (File W/00028) (Report by Acting Divisional Manager - Development and Health, Mr G Dickens) RECOMMENDATION
1. The report be received and noted.
2. The Divisional Manager - Development & Health prepare an appropriate
submission to Resource NSW in terms of the key outcome areas and goals
and targets as specified in this report.
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Acting Divisional Manager - Development & Health