SSROC Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2017-2021

Funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Regional Waste and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy SSROC Waste & Resource Recovery Strategy and Action Plan, 2014-2021 supports member councils to manage waste and resource recovery, and outlines broader, higher level actions and regional collaboration projects.

In 2017, SSROC updated its Technical Strategy and Action Plan to 2021.

The document has been prepared according to the NSW EPA guidelines and contains:
* updated and new technical data
* projected population and waste generation projections for the region, including five Growth Corridors
* scenarios and options modelling for reaching the Government’s 75% diversion target
* Timeline of achievements 2014-17 and case studies on successes of the past four years.

Strategically, the vision remains the same and there has been no major change in direction for the Councils since the 2013 Strategy was developed.

With additional funding from the EPA, SSROC has appointed two Regional Strategic Coordinators and a Project Officer to support member councils with the delivery of the projects, and a Community Educator to deliver community resource recovery education workshops across the region.

Download the Strategy Document HERE

Download the Waste Achievements 2013-2018 infographic HERE

Key Waste Projects

To find out more about our suite of programs and projects please click on the headings below.

Dumping Is Rubbish Campaign

Dumping is Rubbish is a clean-up campaign built around digital advertising and social media videos, linked to a website hub that re-directs residents to their council’s clean-up service web pages. The website also educates the public about alternatives to the clean-up service (re-use, exchange, recycling, drop-off).

Check out the website here:

Award Winning Waste Less Recycle More Education Project

SSROC’s innovative regional waste education program ran 131 workshops to over 2200 people in the topics of recycling, reuse and food waste in the 2016-17 financial year. The NSW EPA has funded this workshop program for another year and workshops commenced in September 2017 and will continue until May 2018.

If you know of a community group in the SSROC region who would like to host a workshop please contact:

The Zero Waste Network Sydney

The Zero Waste Network (ZWN) Sydney works to support and grow the community of reuse, repair and recycling social enterprises across greater Sydney.

The ZWN Sydney aims to support local repair and reuse businesses to become successful by reducing barriers to growth, and to provide skills training and mentoring for the sector. The goal is to enable better opportunities for waste avoidance, innovations in resource recovery, and data collection so that community reuse and recycling enterprises can continue to carry out opportunities in waste services across greater Sydney.

In 2016 the ZWN Sydney community reuse and recycling businesses diverted the equivalent of 2,500 garbage truck loads of waste items from landfill. In 2020 the ZWN Sydney is aiming to grow that to 8,350 garbage truck loads or 100,000 tonnes of waste diversion.

Find out more by visiting:

Regional Waste Audit

All SSROC Councils periodically conduct audits of the waste generated in their local government area (LGA). This information is need to enable the waste management teams to understand how best to collect, recycle, treat and dispose of the material, with the aim of landfilling as little as possible. The data is also analysed across the region where it is used to develop initiatives that can be delivered across the region or by joint projects across several LGAs.

The Regional Waste Audit Report – 2008 and Regional Waste Audit Report – 2011 are available to download.

The 2015 is currently under way, and the report will be available when it is finalised.

Capacity Building

SSROC runs a number of professional development and training opportunities for member council waste staff, to facilitate skill sharing, showcase best practice examples, and to develop a knowledge bank. These opportunities have included:
* SSROC Illegal Dumping Stakeholder Forum
* Best practice recycling in multi-unit dwellings
* Social procurement masterclass
* Energy-from-waste forum

Coming up in the 2017-18 financial year, SSROC will be running training and site tours for council staff showcasing resource recovery opportunities that can be applied to consent conditions for new developments (such as onsite collection of problem waste materials).

Waste Infrastructure

The SSROC region faces challenges in meeting the waste infrastructure needs of a growing population. The lack of suitably zoned land for waste facilities, rising housing density and increasing land values have all contributed to the ongoing difficulties in securing local infrastructure to recover resources and manage waste efficiently.

SSROC has raised our region’s concerns with the NSW Government over several years, including through engagement with the Greater Sydney Commission on the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan, Eastern City and South District Plans, and on the EPA’s Draft NSW Waste Infrastructure Plan.

SSROC has also coordinated a number of projects aimed to either develop new waste infrastructure or better utilise existing infrastructure. Further, SSROC has worked with member councils to deliver a number of projects that aim to increase rates of community reuse, recycling, and diversion of waste items from landfill. Examples include:
* Procurement and commissioning of the Veolia Woodlawn Mechanical and Biological Treatment facility and the Banksmeadow Transfer Station
* Zero Waste Network – Sydney
* Supported member council grants for community recycling centres and problem waste drop-off facilities.

Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is a considerable challenge for all councils, requiring management strategies, staffing and considerable financial resources to respond to incidents (especially for hazardous materials such as asbestos).

Illegal dumping incidents in southern Sydney are typically composed of unwanted household items being left on kerbsides, dumping around bins in laneways behind commercial premises. Some councils also experience larger dumps of construction and demolition wastes especially in bushland areas. In Multi-Unit Dwellings (MUDs), these problems are exacerbated by the high turnover of residents and the lack of infrastructure to correctly store waste and recyclables.

The SSROC works with member councils on a number of key projects designed to respond regionally to reduce illegal dumping incidences and work to change behaviour and attitudes.

RID Squad

In 2014, to enable regional collaboration on illegal dumping, SSROC established a regional illegal dumping baseline and worked closely with former Bankstown Council (now Canterbury Bankstown Council) to expand the Inner West Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad to 12 councils in 2015 (currently eight councils with amalgamations), and renamed it the Sydney RID Squad.

The Sydney RID Squad specialises in dealing with illegal dumping and illegal landfilling by patrolling and gathering intelligence at dumping hot spots, installing and managing surveillance equipment, collecting evidence, and engaging or taking action against offenders. The Squad is jointly funded by councils and the NSW EPA.


In 2016-17 SSROC and councils established a seven-year strategy, Our Places: Recreation and Retail – a Regional Litter Prevention Plan for Southern Sydney. The plan lists strategies and projects for place-based planning approaches, recognising and changing behaviours around public place littering, and infrastructure planning projects that seek to build ownership of the problem within councils. This strategy is now being delivered by SSROC councils.

Council approaches to litter prevention also include support for the NSW Container Deposit Scheme, and specific initiatives targeting beaches, shopping precincts, transport hubs, parks, and river recreation areas.

In 2015, SSROC managed a grant with three councils to observe and report on charcoal BBQ disposal behaviours, which directly informed fit-for-purpose charcoal bin design, servicing and placement. Fourteen bins were installed under the grant in five parks across three LGAs with other councils since taking up use of the design. In 2017, SSROC and councils developed a scoring tool to inform decision making about litter bin assignment using place, design and servicing criteria that can be used on mobile devices by council staff.

Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Advocacy

SSROC facilitates regional collaboration and cooperation for its members by delivering coordinated, strategic projects that cross council boundaries and achieve more sustainable results for our region. Resource recovery and waste management are key areas for collaboration, with all member councils facing similar challenges in terms of providing sustainable, practical and cost-effective solutions.

The SSROC WARR Team undertakes advocacy work on behalf of member councils specific to waste management, resource recovery, and environmental concerns. The WARR Team consults widely with member councils and commissions research to support key advocacy projects. The SSROC WARR Team has participated in several Parliamentary hearings, and regularly makes submissions to state and federal governments and agencies, as well as to relevant bodies and organisations.

To find out more about the advocacy work that has been undertaken, please see our Regional Advocacy Page, to find out more about SSROC WARR research, submissions and other documentation please visit our Publications Page or scroll down further to the WARR document library.

SSROC Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Procurement

SSROC plays a key role in helping member councils define their procurement requirements and scope of works to obtain what they need at best value. SSROC offers procurement support specific to waste management, resource recovery and environmental management to all member councils.

To find out more about the current procurement activities and contracts that SSROC has undertaken, please visit the Procurements Page.

SSROC Regional WARR Resources and Links

Publications Library


Submissions Library