The City of Sydney has just released its Interim Waste Strategy, which highlights the need to address problematic wastes through extended producer responsibility (EPR). We are pleased to see that Sydney recognises the value of groups such as the Global Product Stewardship Council in facilitating the development of effective product stewardship and EPR approaches. The Strategy specifically references support for the GlobalPSC and the City of Sydney was one of our first members, so we certainly appreciate such clear demonstrations of support.
The investigation of solutions for waste treatment that establish energy recovery solutions as a final step in resource recovery is a strategic priority of the Strategy as an essential contribution towards the reduction of Sydney’s overall greenhouse gas emissions. By introducing an energy recovery step into Sydney’s waste hierarchy, Sydney also aims to reduce any garbage requiring landfilling after treatment from the current 45 per cent to below 10 per cent.
Other proposed key waste management approaches, such as improving support for re-use activity across Sydney, promoting EPR and solutions for e-waste and other hazardous wastes, are identified in the Strategy and aligned with the recycling and treatment approaches to ensure the removal of any impediments to the broadest possible recovery of resources from Sydney’s waste.
The Strategy maintains Sydney’s role in controlling the collection and disposal of waste generated by residents, but also seeks to define a broader role in influencing the management of waste arising from commercial waste sectors and in advocating for State and Federal Government to extend support for waste avoidance schemes.
Content provided courtesy of Mark McKenzie, City of Sydney Waste Strategy Manager