Regional Waste

Regional Waste

Waste Less Recycle More

The Hunter / Central Coast Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy 2017-21, covers the local government areas of Central Coast Council, 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. Having set the springboard for major changes in the period 2014-17, the eleven 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 110 dedicated actions across eight major themes, the Hunter / Central Coast 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 eight Strategy themes are:

  1. Waste Avoidance
  2. Resource Recovery
  3. Diversion of waste from landfill
  4. Problem wastes
  5. Reduce Littering
  6. Reduce Illegal Dumping
  7. Governance and leading by example
  8. Infrastructure and Planning
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 focused on the collection and analysis of waste generation, diversion and landfill 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 38% in the baseline year, up to 44% of all domestic waste collected or received at landfill, despite seeing a significant population increase over the same period.

Regional Waste Projects that are facilitated and delivered by the Hunter Councils Regional Waste Team include:

  • Waste Education
  • Love Food Hate Waste
  • Regional Litter Prevention
  • Regional Capacity Building
  • Market development for recycled products
  • Data collection and analysis


This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

Regional Litter

The Hunter Region Litter Plan 2016-2021 was developed by Hunter Councils in collaboration with Member Councils and the NSW EPA. A strategic approach to litter across the region is being developed, involving a review of governance approaches to litter management, developing baseline costs and shifting the focus from litter management to litter prevention.

Regional Waste Networks

Hunter Central Coast Waste Strategy Group

Hunter Joint Organisation and eleven Member Councils are working together on the implementation of the Hunter Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy 2014 – 2021

Log in to the Regional Strategic Waste Management Group

Contact Details
Tim Askew
Phone: (02) 4978 4020

Hunter Waste Educators Group (HWEG)

This established council network comprises of officers from nine Member Councils. The group works to facilitate the educational actions from the WARR strategy. This network has a members only locked area.

Log in to the Hunter Waste Educators Group

Contact Details
Tim Askew
Phone: (02) 4978 4020