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Whitsunday Regional Council today took positive steps towards the introduction of kerbside recycling when they adopted the Waste Management Strategy 2017-2021.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Whitsunday Regional Waste Management Strategy demonstrates to the community the importance which Council places on its essential waste management services.
“As well as thinking about waste as a service to our communities, we should be viewing waste as a resource, not simply something we throw away, and we should be striving to treat waste services with a higher priority.
“This strategy looks at the current state of play with all of the Council’s waste services, where they fit in to Council’s overall strategic vision and, in the context of a growing Whitsunday Region, considers what actions we should be taking over the next five years to manage responsibly and sustainably the ever growing volume of waste.
Mayor Willcox said that despite Council’s actions already implemented, the amount of waste being diverted from landfill still remains at roughly 20 per cent.
“The rapid increase in waste arising due to our region’s population growth, improved data capture and improved sewage treatment plants mean that this diversion rate needs to increase significantly.
“This strategy therefore focuses on kerbside recycling collections and diverting more organic waste from landfill.
“In our consultation with the community six key actions were identified with the introduction of kerbside recycling the top priority for residents,” Mayor Willcox said.
The Six Priority Actions identified in the Waste Management Strategy are:
• Addressing rural waste infrastructure services such as increasing wheelie bin collection in rural areas,• Simplifying waste management rates, fees & charges,• Providing kerbside recycling services,• Reducing organic material in our landfills such as green waste,• Developing engineered landfill cells to safely contain waste at the transfer station, • Improving Data Management and Reporting.