Revised waste strategy open for comment

Residents are invited to have their say on the City’s revised waste strategy, open for public comment from 14 September until 9 October 2015.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 20152020 updated the existing strategy Sustainable Resources from Waste Plan, which was adopted in 2010.

“State government legislation has changed since 2010 and Council is now required to review its waste strategy this year, with three yearly reviews thereafter,” she said.

“This review has provided an opportunity to reflect on our achievements over the past five years while also setting realistic and practical goals for minimising waste and recovering reusable resources in the future.

“We are already performing very well, with an average city-wide domestic resource recovery rate of 47 per cent in 2014/15, compared with 37 per cent across the wider south-east Queensland region in 2012/13.

“While these rates demonstrate the good work done by our waste transfer stations, our kerbside collection system continues to bring our figures down overall with more than half of our waste still going to landfill.

“Residents and businesses across the city can help reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill by minimising food waste and ensuring green waste and recyclables are kept out of the waste bins.”

Council’s waste and infrastructure spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said the existing waste strategy was adopted in 2010 following extensive community consultation to set the waste minimisation priorities for the City until 2020.

“The revised strategy builds on the plan that the community has already endorsed, highlighting our achievements from the past five years and setting our objectives and targets for the next five,” he said.

“It also details how we intend to reach these targets and tackle the challenges ahead, including securing future landfill disposal locations outside our City and maintaining strong regional partnerships.

“There are plenty of opportunities for everyone in the City to work together to view waste as a valuable resource – the aim has to be to stop sending it to landfill.”

The revised strategy is available from Council’s website, customer service centres and libraries.

Comments are invited from 14 September to 9 October by: