Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Update

By August 11, 2017 No Comments

The WARR team at SSROC has been working hard on a number of important projects in line with the SSROC Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy and regional priority projects. The SSROC Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy is currently being revised and updated to ensure the Strategy is current and is in line with regional priorities.

Below are updates and highlights from the WARR team:

Veolia Advanced Waste Treatment Services

The Veolia Banksmeadow Transfer Terminal commenced operations in September last year, with the Site Manager, Alex Kanaar, stating in a recent article (p28) that the project “…couldn’t really have happened without the support of a number of stakeholders within SSROC…”. Key benefits of the project include new jobs, trucks off the road and containerised garbage being freighted by rail to the soon-to-be opened Woodlawn facility.

The Veolia-run Woodlawn facility is a state-of-the-art waste processing facility that diverts significant waste from landfill. It is located near Goulburn and accessed by rail, reducing waste vehicles on the road, and will bring new jobs to the region.

To see the Woodlawn Facility up close, watch this VIDEO.

Watch this space for an official invitation to SSROC member councils to attend the launch of the Woodlawn facility.

Waste Less Recycle More Education Project

Residents from all member councils have been engaged, with over 1800 participants in more than 100 workshops. In March and April alone our small team reached over 700 participants – our busiest period ever.

That’s over one month of face-to-face interaction, given that workshops are typically one hour or longer.

Thanks to educators from the Ethnic Communities’ Council we have created dialogues about waste and recycling in other languages, include Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese. Louie, one of SSROC’s Educators recently gave an interview in Cantonese on SBS Radio.

Transition Bondi organising crew with Louie Leung at a recent workshop

Save the Date: Essential Food Tips Workshop on Monday, 15 May 2017 from 1-3pm at Balmain Library. Save money and food in your kitchen, a Waste Less Recycle More Education Project.

Improving recycling and reducing contamination in Multi Unit Dwellings (MUDs)

The MUDs project which tests different interventions to reduce recycling bin contamination and reduce recoverable materials loss in general waste bins at 75 buildings across five SSROC region councils is now over 50% complete.

Most recently the project infrastructure upgrade works are being completed with new waste management signage and standardized bin rollouts occurring at all targeted MUDs.

By the end of this week over 500 new bins will have been installed and over 200 incorrect or damaged bins removed.  

Resident engagement and education visits and doorknocks are next to be conducted and will be completed by mid-May.

The concurrent project evaluation is showing interesting preliminary results on the effectiveness of the project methodology.

The project is due for completion in July with the evaluation report delivered after this period.

ROCovering Organics Environmental Trust Grant

The ROCovering organics project is a three-year term grant which makes organics infrastructure (compost bins and worm farms) available to residents of participating councils at subsidised rates.The project and final report is due for completion at the end of June. So far the project has made a substantial impact in terms of the number of persons engaged, educated and who are now aware of the value of composting their otherwise wasted organic food waste.Over 5000 households have taken up the infrastructure offer and are now composting or worm farming their organic food waste

Growing the Community Reuse & Recycling Sector in Greater Sydney

SSROC is taking a leading role to link ROCs, Joint Organisations and NSW EPA to support the Community Recycling (and Reuse) Network of Australia (CRNA) to conduct focused and sustained operations on behalf of its enterprises, from Hunter to Illawarra and west to the Blue Mountains, in the greater Sydney local government area.

Did you know The Bower is an example of an enterprise that could get involved in this project?

The CRN-Sydney network will establish itself as the principal advocate, technical advisor, event coordinator and stakeholder manager for its membership, while partnering with SSROC to assist councils to increase resource recovery and diversion from landfill. The partners are working with a technical advisory committee comprised of NSW EPA, LGNSW, two Councils and two recycling enterprises to review a Business Plan to ensure the network’s long-term viability. Expected launch in the 2nd quarter FY17/18.

Read a recent article by CRNA about this project HERE.

Save the Date: Regional Waste Campaign Marcomms Workshop will be held on Wednesday, 14 June 2017, venue TBC.  The Workshop will provide strategic advice to councils on developing a marcomms (marketing and communications) plan and delivery of campaign materials to maximise impact and reach of the regional waste campaign.

SSROC presents at national Waste Conference 2017

David Kuhn from the SSROC WARR team was invited to present at the Waste 2017 Conference, held in Coffs Harbour on 2-4 May to an audience of more than 500 delegates and over 100 sponsors and co-presenters. The presentation was on ‘Growing Community Recycling in Greater Sydney’ the CRN-Sydney story. Discussing our strategic engagement with the community (social enterprise and not-for-profit) recycling sector to increase their technical and resourcing capacities so that a larger, trusted pool of recycling/reuse suppliers could be accessed by local government.  

David also participated in a panel titled “How to socially procure waste services with case studies and facilitated discussion”. You can read a recent media article about the Coffs Harbour Waste Conference 2017 HERE.