To reduce our impact on the environment, we need to do something about the amount of waste we create. Did you know the average resident in the City of Sydney generates 329kg of waste each year. Two-thirds of that waste is recycled, but one third still ends up in landfill.
The City's new draft Alternative Waste Treatment Master Plan shows how we can take the waste that goes to landfill and turn it into an energy source.
Our growing population means that by around 2021 local landfill sites will be full, with the nearest facility at least 250 kilometres away. Landfill sites produce huge amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas with 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
If we don't act, by 2030 the City's households and businesses will be sending over 200,000 tonnes of waste to landfill a year. This is clearly unsustainable.
The City is already a leader in waste management, recovering more than two thirds of household waste from landfill. Each year 40,000 tonnes of our household rubbish is processed to remove recyclables and organic matter this is turned into a low-grade compost.
Our draft Advanced Waste Treatment Master Plan shows that we could divert as much as 95% of our waste away from landfill.
By using existing technologies we could prevent around 196,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and save ratepayers about $3.9 million a year by avoiding the costs of landfill, including the Waste Levy of more than $100 for every tonne sent to landfill.
To find out more, visit the City's website.