Waste Management Strategy reaches public consultation stage

Central Coast Council is encouraging those interested in shaping the future of waste and resource recovery across the region to register for a community workshop.
The workshops follow online consultation to help formulate Council’s first Waste Management Strategy, which seeks to inspire change to help maximise the amount of waste diverted from landfill and its impact on the environment.
Council Unit Manager, Waste Services and Business Development, Andrew Pearce, advised that the workshops would be the last round of public consultation before the first draft Strategy was prepared.
“Initial feedback and ideas are now with staff, who would like to sit down with the community and test some proposed actions for the strategy,” Pearce said.
“It is imperative that we gain a heightened understanding from our residents and businesses of the viability of waste diversion actions, as it’s their willingness to come on board with proposed initiatives that will determine future successes.
“Following these workshops, staff will develop Council’s first draft Waste Management Strategy, which will be placed on public exhibition later in the year,” he added.
Mayor Jane Smith said she was looking forward to working with the community in developing an innovative and sustainable Waste Strategy.
“With 55 per cent of household waste being sent to landfill, we need to work together to come up with the best ways to reduce this and protect our natural environment into the future,” Mayor Smith said.
“We are doing our part to try and reduce waste through initiatives such as our draft single use plastic policy and Green Living Program, and now more than ever, we need the community to join us.
“If you are have a great waste reduction idea then please register for a workshop and be part of influencing positive environmental change in our community,” Mayor Smith said.
Workshops will be held in Wyong, Umina and Erina, with the Erina workshop taking place at the Erina Centre, Erina Fair, from 10am to 12pm on July 3.

Source:
Media release, Jun 24
Central Coast Council Media

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