As our city continues to grow and change rapidly, waste management plays an important part in building a sustainable city.
City of Melbourne residents generated over 30,000 tonnes of waste in 2015. With a recycling rate of only 23 per cent, much of this waste was sent to landfill, which is a loss of valuable resources that could have been recycled into new products.
To help fight the war on waste, we’re developing a Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030. The Strategy proposes to set targets and identify actions to reduce waste, increase resource recovery and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our waste.
We recently asked for community feedback on the draft Strategy. This feedback will help develop the final Strategy, which will be presented to Council for approval in November 2018.
The overall goal of the strategy is to develop and introduce cost effective, environmentally responsible waste and resource recovery systems now and into the future.
Five outcomes have been identified to achieve this goal:
- The City is a leader in sustainable waste management.
- Waste to landfill is minimised.
- Cost to ratepayers is minimised.
- The waste management system is carbon neutral or better.
- Amenity impacts of the waste collection system are minimised.
Four priorities and 30 actions have been proposed for the first four years of the strategy implementation.