Shoalhaven City Council Waste Services unit provides a number of waste and recycling facilities and services to the region which focuses on reducing domestic waste to landfill, increasing the recycling rate and improving resource recovery.
These services include
- Weekly domestic mixed waste and fortnightly recycling kerbside collections;
- Centralised landfill operations at West Nowra - a well engineered landfill inclusive of gas extraction and leachate management;
- 9 x satellite transfer facilities for self-haul waste and recyclables disposal;
- Buy Back centres (or "tip shops") at selected locations, for further resource recovery
- "On- request" pick-up service for disposal of bulky or garden waste;
- Issuance of vouchers for domestic waste disposal to landfill; and
- Various recycling and community based waste minimisation programs including the Home Sustainability Program of workshops and hosting the annual EPA funded Chemical Clean Out for householders.
Waste Facilities Review - Consultation Stage 1
In 2015, Council undertook an independent, external review of its various waste operations.
The review supports current operational levels at the West Nowra, Huskisson and Ulladulla recycling and waste facilities and advocates they continue to operate 7 days per week.
However, the review recommends Council assess its operations at the recycling and waste transfer facilities located at Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Callala, Sussex Inlet, Bendalong, Lake Conjola and Kioloa.
Council is seeking the community’s views on the provision of waste services in your local area, specifically:
1. operating hours/days of the waste transfer facilities
2. the number of waste facilities operating in the Shoalhaven (currently 10)
3. the pricing structure for waste facilities
What you should know
Waste Management has changed substantially in the last 30 years, with the introduction of kerbside recycling and closures of the old local, unregulated town “tips”. Further change is necessary to reduce waste in landfill.
In 2000, Council introduced the subsidised on-call Garden Organics and Bulky waste pick-up service.
In 2003, Council introduced the “No Charge Domestic Tipping Vouchers”.
In 2011, Council expanded its current kerbside recycling collection to include many rural areas of the Shoalhaven.
In 2012, Council introduced a weekly “Christmas holiday” kerbside recycling service across the City.
The current operation of the small recycling and waste transfer facilities is not cost effective. All waste facilities except West Nowra, consistently operate at a loss.
Council sought input to find an acceptable balance between reducing the costs of operation and maintaining a viable community service via a community which has now closed.
Survey results will be available in November 2016.