Coffs Harbour City Council
SUPPLEMENTARY AGENDA ITEM
COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
COFF AND CASTLE STREETS, COFFS HARBOUR
Thursday, 12 March 2020
Order of Business
MM20/01 NSW 20-Year Waste Strategy.......................................................................... 2
ATT2 MM20/01 Redirecting the Future of Plastic in NSW - Discussion Paper March 2020 ⇩
1. Notes the long-awaited release of two Issues Papers (Cleaning Up Our Act – The Future for Waste and Resource Recovery in NSW & Redirecting the Future of Plastic in NSW) by the NSW Government on 8 March 2020 (Attached)
2. Notes that Coffs Harbour City Council paid a total of $5,983,000 in the S88 waste levy in financial years 2017/18 – 2018/19, and received $214,000 in NSW Waste Less, Recycle More grants (equal to just 3.58% of waste levy paid in that two-year period).
3. Makes a submission to both Issues Papers, consistent with its previously adopted positions, encouraging:
3.1. State funding to support waste avoidance and recovery, including grants to support councils with major capital investments (including by reinvesting the $800 million S88 Waste Levy into recycling).
3.2. The development of a local circular economy, and support for local manufacturing using recycled product.
3.3. Deliver consistent education campaigns to promote waste avoidance and recycling.
3.4. Introduce producer responsibility schemes for problematic materials.
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The NSW Government on Sunday 8 March 2020 released a 20-Year Waste Strategy through two issues papers (Cleaning Up Our Act – The Future for Waste and Resource Recovery in NSW & Redirecting the Future of Plastic in NSW, copies attached). This strategy has been described as a whole-of-government initiative to provide a long-term strategic direction for communities, industry and all levels of government to work together to build services and markets for waste resources.
An issues paper Cleaning Up Our Act: The Future for Waste and Resource Recovery in NSW will help shape the development of the 20-Year Waste Strategy.
The issues paper sets out the case for action and outlines options that could support the shift towards a circular economy.
The issues paper is seeking feedback on options to:
· generate less waste
· improve collection and sorting
· plan for future infrastructure
· create end markets
Previously, Coffs Harbour City Council has supported the LG NSW Save Our Recycling campaign. LG NSW is currently encouraging all councils in NSW to continue support for this campaign and accordingly to prepare submissions on the two recently released Issues Papers.
Councillors are encouraged to support the local government sector’s Save Our Recycling campaign, and the preparation of appropriate submissions to the recently released Issues Papers.
The NSW Government collects revenue from a Waste Levy via licensed waste facilities in NSW to discourage the amount of waste being landfilled and to promote recycling and resource recovery. According to the past NSW Budget papers, this totalled $772 million in 2018/19.
Council paid a total of $5,983,000 via the Waste Levy in financial years 2017/18 - 2018/19. Over the same period Council received $214,000 in contestable/non-contestable funding to assist with waste management and recycling infrastructure, programs and education.
Revenue from the Waste Levy is expected to increase by about 70 percent from 2012/13 to 2022/23. By the end of this period the Waste Levy revenue is forecast to have increased to more than $800 million a year. Yet, only a small portion – less than one fifth – of this revenue is invested back into waste and recycling programs state-wide.
I am recommending that we support LG NSW and the Save Our Recycling campaign, and ensure that appropriate submissions are prepared and lodged before the close of the submission period.