Waste Matters…what does it all mean?

Currently only 44% of household waste in Hornsby Shire is diverted from going to landfill. We are still sending over 35,000 tonnes of waste to landfill each year.

We are committed to increasing the diversion of household waste from landfill, to exceed the NSW State Government’s Resource Recovery Target of 70%.

Council has developed a new Waste Matters Strategy to plan how we can improve the management of our Shire’s waste. We undertook extensive community consultation and have reviewed our services, programs and initiatives.

The community will have many opportunities to get involved and influence how we manage our Shire’s waste over the next decade.

We now have the opportunity to reduce waste going to landfill by targeting:

  • food and other organics for composting
  • recovering recyclables in our waste
  • processing our bulky waste
  • diverting non-recyclable materials to energy from waste
  • increasing the recycling of problem materials such as e-waste, mattresses and clothing
  • increasing opportunities for reusing household items
  • improving our community engagement and education activities

Council’s current collection and processing contracts will expire this year in 2020 and our Waste Matters Strategy will guide us in the planning of replacement contracts.