2025 Regional Waste Strategy

Across Australia, councils are striving to deliver safe, affordable waste services whilst dealing with the challenge of growing populations, increasing waste generation per household, and evolving
recycling and EPA expectations.

The 2025 Regional Waste Strategy is a collaboration between NSW Public Works and the FWJO to develop a strategy with the aim of “future proofing” and minimising future operational costs (Opex) for FWJO members.

The project will be delivered in two phases:

Conduct a Regional Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Needs Assessment:

The purpose of this phase is to assess the various types, locations, availability and planned development of waste and resource recovery facilities throughout the region and to make
recommendations for infrastructure required to meet future regional waste management needs. The report would also provide a framework for understanding waste and resource recovery
infrastructure, including an explanation of the facilities already established, the technologies they employ and the history of infrastructure development in the region.

Formulate a Regional Waste Strategy:

This would deliver a planned and collaborative approach to waste management intended to improve cost efficiencies, better support our communities and economy and improve resource
recovery in line with State Government targets. Waste Management, like water and electricity, is a  critical service, one delivered almost solely by local government in collaboration with the private sector, it is costly, resource intensive and critical.  The FWJO Regional Waste Strategy Vision is for a region wide, collaborative approach to the challenges and opportunities which are presenting, and strategically managing those for a cleaner, safer, and future focused delivery of waste management within our region.

The Strategy will:

  • Promote waste avoidance
  • Increase recycling
  • Divert more waste from landfill
  • Reduce litter
  • Tackle illegal dumping
  • Manage problem wastes better
  • Improve regional governance, collaboration and asset management
  • Reduce the costs associated with managing these processes by each individual council.
Regional Priorities
Establish strategic regional priorities and develop strategies for their delivery
Regional Leadership
Provide regional leadership and advocacy
Economic Opportunities
Identify and take up opportunities for economic development