Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy

SSROC run a number of waste avoidance and resource recovery (WARR) projects that aim to manage waste for the highest level of environmental and social benefit through cost-effective resource recovery. To find out more about our suite of programs, resources, and research please click through on the button below.

 

Waste Projects and Resources

Street Lighting Improvement Program

SSROC established and oversees the Street Lighting Improvement Program to implement the recommendations of an extensive review of street lighting undertaken by its members.  There are currently 30 councils participating in the Program, ranging from southern Sydney through to the Central Coast and Hunter.  Collectively, the 240,000+ street lights in the participating councils’ jurisdictions constitute over 95% of Ausgrid’s street lights and councils pay more than $67m per year for street lighting services and energy.

Key areas of progress to date include saving councils more than $60m over three regulatory pricing reviews, securing deployment of more than 87,000 energy efficient street lights with recurrent savings of millions of dollars per year, securing reform and increased funding for the NSW Traffic Route Lighting Subsidy Scheme, and securing improved street lighting maintenance and information provision for councils.

The main issues that councils are seeking progress on include:

  1. Public Lighting Code Compliance and Improved Governance Arrangements Councils want to ensure that Ausgrid moves to full compliance with the NSW Public Lighting Code, secure NSW Government support for necessary revisions to the Public Lighting Code and secure a more appropriate governance regime for public lighting.
  2. Pricing and Pricing Oversight – Oversight of street lighting pricing has in recent years passed to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).  Councils want to ensure that their interests are properly considered as the pricing regime evolves and that they can make well informed representations to the AER in future pricing decisions.  The 2019-2024 AER pricing review has commenced and councils are seeking to address the over-valuation of legacy street lighting assets, pricing that is above efficient cost recovery and address a lack of transparency in street lighting pricing models.
  3. Improved Technology – Councils are seeking the adoption of modern lighting that is robust, effective and more energy efficient.  Agreements already secured include adoption of LED lighting as the default lighting type for residential and intermediate roads.  Trials of LED lighting on main roads are underway and trials of smart controls are to shortly commence. These changes will result in progressive improvements in the quality of lighting and in compliance with current Australian Standards.  If fully deployed, changes already agreed with Ausgrid will reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50% compared to the point that LED deployments started in 2013.  To date, more than 35,000 LEDs have been deployed as well as 52,000 CFLs prior to that and thousands of high pressure sodium lights on main roads with intelligent power supplies.
  4. Progress Grant & Other Funding Sources – Councils have secured agreement with Ausgrid on the use of new technology and are working to secure further changes.  To accelerate the deployment of these new lights, councils are seeking financial support from NSW and Commonwealth Government programs that offer greenhouse credits, grants or low interest loans for energy efficiency initiatives.

The SSROC SLI Program is an active participant in the IPWEA Street Lighting & Smart Controls Programme.  This two-year programme involves high-level government engagement to secure policy reform, developing industry standard documentation and a comprehensive education programme. (www.slsc.org.au)

For more information on the SLI Program, please contact Program Manager, Graham Mawer on 02 8966 9444 or gmawer@nextenergy.com.au

Renewable Energy Master Plan

SSROC commissioned the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to develop a plan for eight member Councils that would enable them to increase the proportion of energy consumed in the region that is derived from renewable sources. The plan, Our Energy Future, can be downloaded at Our Energy Future Renewable Energy Master Plan.

The implementation for the plan began with Our Energy Future , and continues today with Councils installing solar on their own buildings. Future implementation actions include finding a way to make solar available to people who cannot afford the initial capital cost, and to people who rent their home.

Our Energy Future

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Our Energy Future is an initiative of the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) and our member councils. It is the first project in the Southern Sydney Renewable Energy Master Plan. The ultimate goal of the Renewable Energy Master Plan is to significantly increase the amount of renewable energy produced in southern Sydney.

Our Energy Future is a service provided by SSROC and member councils that will offer up-to-date and impartial energy efficiency and renewable energy advice to support households, businesses and council staff. The service includes a helpline1300 339 915 which is open during business hours Monday to Friday, and the Our Energy Future website www.ourenergyfuture.org.au, which is full of information about how to save energy and renewable technologies.

As part of the service, we also offer trustworthy advice and the confidence to link our customers up to carefully selected suppliers of energy efficiency and renewable energy products. We only work with suppliers after conducting a thorough procurement process, so that we can be confident that we are offering high-quality products and services, at a great price from a company we can trust. We work with the Alternative Technology Association to ensure our suppliers offer good quality products, excellent customer service, value for money and that meet Australian conditions and standards.

To deliver this initiative SSROC and the member councils have partnered with Positive Charge who are owned and operated by the Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd (affectionately known at MEFL). A community organisation dedicated to tackling climate change – find out more here www.mefl.org.au.

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So whether people wish to obtain a quote from our suppliers or not, Our Energy Future offers advice on a complete suite of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. We are always on hand to support households and businesses to reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions, whilst at the same time saving them money.

Find our more at the Our Energy Future website HERE.

Pest Animal Action Network

The Pest Animal Action Network (PAAN) is a collaboration across eleven local government areas dedicated to tackling pest animals. The councils of Bayside, Cumberland, City of Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Georges River, Inner West, Randwick City Council, Strathfield, City of Sydney, Sutherland Shire and Waverley are all involved. The group started life as the Southern Sydney Fox Management Group, a grant project supported by Sydney Coastal Councils Group through funding from the Australian Government. In that period they forged partnerships with Centennial Park, Invasive Animals CRC, Greater Sydney Local Land Services, NPWS, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sydney Airport and Sydney Trains. As a result, over 150 foxes were removed from the region, with councils developing the knowledge and systems to implement best practice methods. Twenty motion-activated remote cameras were used to monitor foxes and native species; 11 foxes were fitted with GPS collars to understand how they move around the urban landscape and how they can best be controlled; fox scat was collected to find out what foxes have eaten and what native species are most at risk. Read more about the management of foxes in southern Sydney and the project’s research.

We are learning more and more about the importance of urban biodiversity. A key output of the project was the development of a web portal for the community to report fox sightings. The response has been great and has highlighted just how widespread foxes are in the region. You can download the FoxScan app for iOS and Android and help manage the threat to our native fauna that foxes pose.

PAAN now has a home with SSROC and the network will continue its work managing the harm pest animals cause to southern Sydney’s birds, mammals, frogs and lizards. Find out more on PAAN’s YouTube channel.

Woodlawn Mechanical Biological Technology waste facility

On Friday, 8 September, the result of close to 10 years of work for SSROC and six member councils was realised with the official opening of the Veolia MBT waste treatment facility in Woodlawn, 40 minutes south of Goulburn.

In 2008 SSROC and our member councils started out with the vision for a better way than disposing of general waste. They commenced work on the development of what has now become the Woodlawn MBT facility and Banksmeadow Transfer Station.

The full, competitive procurement process hit several hurdles on the way.
– Interim landfill services had to be tendered to allow sufficient time for approvals, design and construction;
– The Carbon Pricing Mechanism came and went; and
– Delays with planning and licensing approvals.Now, nearly 10 years after the initial idea, the Woodlawn MBT facility has been formally opened and will deliver savings of around $9.5 million to our six member councils in this financial year.

Now, nearly 10 years after the initial idea, the Woodlawn MBT facility has been formally opened and will deliver savings of around $9.5 million to our six member councils in this financial year.

The Hon Pru Goward, State Member for Goulburn and NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault was in attendance representing the Premier to formally open the facility. She congratulated Veolia and SSROC on their visionary investment in biological waste treatment and recycling.

The Hon Angus Taylor, Federal Member for Hume and Federal Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation was also in attendance at the opening, praising the efforts of councils and Veolia in delivering the new facility.

SSROC General Manager Namoi Dougall spoke at the opening, congratulating all involved for their dedication to seeing this project through. She warned attendees that based on recently conducted research by SSROC and the NSW EPA, projected Sydney region waste tonnages in the future may require another four facilities like Woodlawn by 2036.

Namoi stated that “With this kind of growth, we need foresight and planning to ensure that waste management continues to be effective. One Woodlawn took us ten years. Sydney needs to plan now for the next four.”

Fast Facts:

– The plant will recycle metals and divert roughly 55% of general waste from landfill.
– Compost will be generated and used to remediate and rehabilitate a degraded mine-site.
– Carbon emissions will be reduced.
– There will be 30,000 less heavy truck movements as the waste will be transported to Woodlawn by rail from a new transfer facility within the SSROC region at Banksmeadow and Veolia’s existing transfer station at Clyde.
– Councils will save millions of dollars, $9.5 million in the 2017-18 FY
– And last, but not least, 50 new jobs have been created, in regional NSW, and in southern Sydney at Banksmeadow.

A tour of the site was conducted after the launch, with attendees visiting the composting facilities, the on-site barramundi fish farm which is heated with green energy generated from the waste processing, and out to the old mine site which is to be rehabilitated with compost generated from the facility.

The launch was well attended, with State and Federal MPs, Goulburn, SSROC and NSROC council representatives, and Veolia ANZ representatives present.

CLICK HERE to watch a video about the Woodlawn MBT facility
CLICK HERE to view the interactive infographic
CLICK HERE for further information about the Woodlawn MBT facility

The Woodlawn facility will receive waste from six, formerly eight, SSROC councils: Bayside (Botany Bay and Rockdale), Burwood, Georges River (Kogarah), Inner West (Ashfield and Leichhardt), Waverley and Woollahra.

Each year, the Board of SSROC develops a Workplan, identifying the focus of the organisation for the coming year. Strategies for meeting the Workplan objectives are developed, and Working Groups of council staff are formed to provide input. Projects are allocated to the Working Groups, with some projects being undertaken by the SSROC Secretariat and contracted expert consultants.
A list of the major Projects currently or recently undertaken by the SSROC Secretariat and Working Groups are listed on the left of this screen.
For information on our advocacy projects please see our Regional Advocacy Page.

Closed Projects

Projects are archived when they are concluded, but a summary and any relevant documents can still be accessed. If you can’t find the project you are looking for, please contact us.