We've made some great progress towards Zero Waste over the past 5 years, but we are still sending 60,000 tonnes of waste to landfill each year. More than half of that landfill rubbish is commercial and industrial waste. Business waste is everyone’s business because we all pay for it and so does our environment. We can handle that business waste better but we’d need a dedicated recycling facility where we can sort and manage it. Building one at Colson Road would cost about $3.5 million and would be paid for from reserve funds.
We’re also looking at new ways to stop those hard-to-recycle plastics going to landfill but is it time we invest more in teaching people how to avoid them? It’s time to ask if we should go the extra mile with business waste and plastic education, or do we just keep cruising to the landfill with it?
Survey closed 12 October.