People power key to hitting new waste targets

4 September 2015

City of Gold Coast has new waste reduction targets in sight following the launch of its Solid Waste Strategy 2024 today.

Mayor Tom Tate said changing people’s behaviour to treat waste as a resource was a top priority under the new strategy.

“We all create waste, so all have a part to play in how we deal with it as a city,” he said.

“Under this strategy we’re aiming to lift the city’s total recycled waste from 40 to 60 per cent over the next nine years.

“The key to making this happen lies in every one of us reducing, reusing and recycling our rubbish, wherever possible.”

Mayor Tate said the City had taken the community’s input on how the city’s waste should be handled into the future on board.

“We’ve used the feedback from more than 1700 responses on the draft strategy to help tackle high priority issues in a financially and environmentally sustainable way,” he said.

“As a result we’ll be targeting reductions in priority waste areas which are green waste, food waste, wood, paper and cardboard, plastics, metals and construction waste.

“Encouraging recycling and waste avoidance in our community, recovering priority wastes that can be reused, and providing best practice waste facilities are just some of the ways we’ll work towards this.”

The Solid Waste Strategy 2024 also aims to reduce the waste per household from 1014 kilograms to 900 kilograms and reduce the amount of recyclables going into the waste bin by 30 per cent.

Read the Solid Waste Strategy 2024 at cityofgoldcoast.com.au/wastestrategy

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