Planning for Waste Management to meet community requirements into the future

It’s not a secret that the way we manage waste in Australia is changing. Over the past few years, Liverpool Plains Shire Council has come under increasing legislative and community pressure to change the way it deals with waste. The Shire’s waste generation is projected to grow from 5,751 tonnes per annum in FY 2017 to 9,427 tonnes per annum by FY27.

“Keeping these factors in mind, LPSC, with the assistance of MRA Consulting Group, has developed a Waste Management Strategy designed to better manage our waste streams, focusing on the key areas of resource recovery, and advanced waste treatment and management methods that provide positive benefits for our environment,” said LPSC GM, Ron Van Katwyk.

“The vision for the 10-year period considered under this strategy is to maintain and improve on a reliable, independent and sustainable waste management system for LPSC’s various communities. Specifically, four themes are envisioned, maintaining the LGA’s independence and self-sufficiency, optimising waste management overheads, improving amenity and environmental management and increasing the accessibility of waste facilities for residents,” he said.

“A plan of action to achieve the strategy’s vision, themes and objectives has been developed by MRA. An options assessment has been undertaken to inform selection of the best methods for achieving each objective and the strategy’s overall vision for the next 10 years. It is focused on best practice governance, responsible financial management, health, amenity and environment plus access and use,” he continued.     

“In the coming weeks, we will be consulting and working with the community on how best these changes can be implemented to better manage waste now and with a system that will serve us well into the future. The Waste Management Strategy document is available for perusal at the Administration Centre,” he said.

“Council is committed to bringing about positive change and will continue to consult, engage, inform and work with the community, both residents, business and industries, about the benefits of clever waste management and recycling, to meet the communities current and future needs and responsibilities to the environment,” Mr Van Katwyk concluded. 

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