A Waste Minimisation and Management Plan for solid waste produced by the community is a requirement under the Waste Management Act 2008 and establishes a Vision, Goals, Targets and an Action Plan for waste in the City.

Our quality of life, both now and in the future, is affected by the way we manage our wastes. Waste minimisation and the efficient use of our natural resources are fundamental to a sustainable way of life and to the future well being of our residents and our environment.

A picture of the front cover of the waste and management minimisation plan Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2013 [PDF, 242 KB]

The 2013 Plan sets out the following targets:

  • No more than 30 kilograms per person per year of recoverable green and kitchen waste is sent to landfill by 2020
  • No more than 80 kilograms per person per year of kerbside waste collected by the Council is sent to landfill by 2020
  • No more than 320 kilograms per person per year of waste is sent to landfill overall by 2020

Only five (5) kilograms of plastics per person per year is currently sent to landfill. At this low level, no target is proposed to further reduce plastics to landfill.  It is more cost-effective to focus on higher volume issues such as unwanted organics in refuse bins. Volumes of plastics are still being monitored.

The plan is currently under review and a draft will be publicly consulted on in 2020.