The Hunter Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy 2014-21, covers the local government areas of Cessnock City Council, Dungog Shire Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, Maitland City Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council, City of Newcastle, Port Stephens Council, Singleton Council and Upper Hunter Shire Council. The nine Councils are now actively working together to implement the strategy through improved efficiencies and the introduction of new systems, infrastructure and community engagement activities to assist in reducing waste generation, improving waste diversion, and achieving the NSW targets.
With over 50 dedicated actions across seven major themes, the Hunter WARR Strategy addresses all aspects of waste management – from avoiding the creation of waste in the first place right through to final disposal of materials. The seven Strategy themes are:
- Waste Avoidance
- Resource Recovery
- Diversion of waste from landfill
- Problem wastes
- Reduce Littering
- Reduce Illegal Dumping
- Governance and leading by example
Hunter Council’s Regional Waste Team collaborates closely with local councils and numerous stakeholders to deliver the WARR Strategy. These include NSW EPA, industry representatives and associations, consultants, NSW TAFE and regional businesses. The team is also focussed on the collection and analysis of waste generation, diversion and landfilling data in order to model when and where waste infrastructure changes may be needed in the future to ensure adequate services are available for the region’s growing population.
Since the commencement of the Strategy implementation, the region has increased diversion of waste from landfill from approximately 30% in the baseline year, up to 40% of all domestic waste collected or received at landfill, despite seeing a significant population increase over the same period.
Regional Waste Projects that are delivered by the Hunter Councils Regional Waste Team include:
- Waste Education
- Love Food Hate Waste
- Regional Litter Prevention
This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.