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Have Your Say on Which Direction for Waste

Draft Waste Management Strategy out for consultation  

Did you know delivering waste and recycling services within Mitcham costs over $6 million annually and the State Government charges a Solid Waste Levy on every tonne of waste that goes to landfill? When we as a community send 12,500 tonnes of waste to landfill each year and the levy has just increased to $76 per tonne, that’s a big levy bill to pay! 

Council is targeting smarter and more sustainable ways of managing our household waste and Council needs your help. As a community we already divert 53% of all our unwanted materials from landfill but there is still 60% of materials in our waste bins that can go into our green organics and recycling bins. 

A draft Waste Management Strategy has been developed and is now out for consultation. Over the next five years the Strategy will provide direction to help:

  • send less waste to landfill
  • increase recycling rates
  • make the community more aware of sustainable waste and recycling practices
  • maintain cost efficient waste and recycling services.

Wouldn’t it be great to see the waste bin become virtually empty because we are generating less waste and the waste we do generate can be recycled through the recycling and green organics bins? 

If we can reduce the 12,500 tonnes of waste we send to landfill annually we reduce the amount of Solid Waste Levy we pay. This would allow those funds to be redirected and used to deliver other waste and recycling initiatives to the community. 

For this to happen we need to see the community engage in sustainable waste management practices as the community’s actions are key to making a difference. So we need your help. We want to know when it comes to waste and recycling, what is important to you? 

Draft Waste Management Strategy(945 kb)

Please have a look at the Council’s draft Waste Management Strategy to see the existing services and programs and the proposed initiatives. In addition to existing services such as the three bin system, hard waste and Lynton Green Organics Facility, some of the proposed initiatives include:

  • Kerbside bin renewal program
  • Subsidising compost bins and worm farms
  • Expanding on public recycling bins at parks and reserves
  • Improving recycling facilities at Community Centres and Sporting Facilities
  • Introducing a three bin system at Council-run community events
  • Providing an e-waste drop off day

We would love to know if you see a benefit in exploring these initiatives or whether Council should stick to current services. We are also open to ideas on how Council can help send less waste to landfill and increase recycling rates and, how we can better engage the community to make improvements within their homes and businesses? 

Copies of the Strategy are also available at City of Mitcham Civic Centre, Mitcham Library, Blackwood Library 

How can you provide feedback? 

Written submissions on the draft Waste Management Strategy are invited by 5 pm Wednesday26 October 2016 by: 

  • completing a feedback form available from the City of Mitcham Civic Centre, Mitcham Library and Blackwood Library.
  • completing the online feedback form available below.
  • in writing addressed to City of Mitcham, PO Box 21, Mitcham Shopping Centre, Torrens Park SA 5062

Each written submission must include your name and address. The Council will consider all submissions received by the due date however any submissions received that do not provide this information may not be included in the consultation process. Please indicate if you would like your name and address kept confidential however these details may potentially be accessible under the Freedom of Information Act 1991. 

For more information call the Waste Management Officer on 8372 8809.

Draft Waste Management Strategy Feedback Form
When it comes to waste and recycling, what is important to you? We would love to know if you see a benefit in exploring a variety of proposed initiatives or whether Council should stick to current services. We are also open to ideas on how Council can help send less waste to landfill and increase recycling rates and, how we can better engage the community to make improvements within their homes and offices? Please provide your feedback before 5pm on Wednesday 26 October 2016.

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