in Recycle - 14 Jun, 2019
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Sydney Council Urged To Improve Recycling Facilities

People turn resort to having to deal with skip bin hire in the Northern Beaches and across the AU because it keeps things simple and gives them peace of mind, knowing their waste will be properly dealt with.

An audit report, however, notes that there’s a bit of a hiccup with that idea, as inadequate waste storage facilities at new apartment blocks in Sydney are hampering Sydneysiders’ ability to properly sort their household trash.

The report was made by the NSW Auditor-General, with Campbelltown City Council and Fairfield City Council used as samples. The report was released amidst what many consider and escalating waste and recycling crisis across NSW, and found that both councils transported their kerbside waste effectively, and processed them at low costs. On top of that, waste placed in green-lid (garden organics) and yellow-lid (dry recycling) bins were handled properly.

The issue then, was that neither council was able to enforce the contracts for the processing of red-lid (residual) bin waste. The report notes that this resulted in the vast majority of such waste being sent straight to landfills.

The report noted that the problem wasn’t with skip bin hire in the Northern Beaches or in the cities, but that apartment blocks often didn’t have the proper facilities needed to hold the waste they were generating, didn’t have the waste storage facilities conveniently located, as well as lacking single garbage chutes that support waste separation.

The report says that this is due to the fact that the councils in question, for Campbelltown and Fairfield, haven’t included waste collection as a key service in their local environment plans. It notes that this issue should be handled as soon as possible, given the increasing urban densification in their territories

Waste generated per person in Campbelltown and Fairfield council areas, the report notes, was lower in 2017-18 FY compared to 2013-14 FY, which matches the targets set by the NSW government. However, it also noted that there’s a large gap between each council’s recycling rates, compared to the state target.

The report issued several recommendations to deal with the matter, but noted that that might only be implemented for their next set of waste processing contracts.