Towards Zero Waste

The production of waste is a growing problem. Despite widespread kerbside collection of recyclables, a growing population and increasing consumption lead to ever increasing waste production, and Sydney is running out of landfill space. Much of what we consider ‘waste’ is a resource that, once discarded to landfill, is lost for future use.

Willoughby City Council is working towards a waste-free future by supporting innovative waste solutions. We have recently signed a joint disposal contract with several other Northern Sydney Councils to send our waste to Veolia Environmental Services’ Woodlawn Bioreactor, located 250kms south of Sydney. This facility uses proven technologies to recover energy from waste to produce green electricity. The facility also uses Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) to extract organic content from mixed waste to produce compost for on-site mine rehabilitation.

We are also working towards waste reduction by extending programs that divert waste from landfill and by raising awareness within the community through promotion of the waste hierarchy (avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle).

What can you do?

Think about avoiding waste in your daily life. There are numerous recycling events you can participate in. Recycle your electronic waste by taking your e-waste to a recycling drop-off center such as Artarmon Resource Recovery Centre or Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre.

Dispose of chemicals responsibly through the Chemical Cleanout. If something is no longer of use to you, donate it to a charity such as St Vincent de Paul, The Salvation Army or Lifeline, or utilise our Collection and Re-Homing Service.

Recycling websites:

  • Recycling Near You - On this site you can search for information about the recycling and waste services offered by your council.
  • Business Recycling - Suitable for small to medium businesses, find re-use, recycling, safe disposal and waste transport services to address their waste streams.

For difficult to dispose of items:

  • Reverse Garbage - Located at the Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville, this is a not-for-profit co-operative that sells industrial discards, off-cuts and over-runs to the public for creative and practical uses, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. Phone 9569 3132.
  • The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre - Located at Addison Road, Community Centre, Marrickville this centre accepts donations of household, building and office goods. It also offers a referral service if they are unable to accept donations. Phone 9568 6280.

A range of re-use it networks are also available. Many of these can be found on the internet.

Over half of our domestic waste is made up of organic material. Try to reduce the amount of edible food waste by utilising tips from the Love Food Hate Waste program. Set up a compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bucket for your food scraps.

Come along to one of our waste-related workshops or bus tours to find out more about reducing waste. Check our Diary Dates page for schedules.