Environmental Sustainability Policy Committee
3 December 2019
Notice is hereby given, in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 that a Environmental Sustainability Policy Committee meeting of ORANGE CITY COUNCIL will be held in the Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Byng Street, Orange on Tuesday, 3 December 2019.
Chief Executive Officer
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1.1 Declaration of pecuniary interests, significant non-pecuniary interests and less than significant non-pecuniary interests
The provisions of Chapter 14 of the Local Government Act, 1993 (the Act) regulate the way in which Councillors and designated staff of Council conduct themselves to ensure that there is no conflict between their private interests and their public role.
The Act prescribes that where a member of Council (or a Committee of Council) has a direct or indirect financial (pecuniary) interest in a matter to be considered at a meeting of the Council (or Committee), that interest must be disclosed as soon as practicable after the start of the meeting and the reasons given for declaring such interest.
As members are aware, the provisions of the Local Government Act restrict any member who has declared a pecuniary interest in any matter from participating in the discussion or voting on that matter, and requires that member to vacate the Chamber.
Council’s Code of Conduct provides that if members have a non-pecuniary conflict of interest, the nature of the conflict must be disclosed. The Code of Conduct also provides for a number of ways in which a member may manage non pecuniary conflicts of interest.
It is recommended that Committee Members now disclose any conflicts of interest in matters under consideration by the Environmental Sustainability Policy Committee at this meeting.
RECORD NUMBER: 2019/2429
AUTHOR: Wayne Davis, Manager Waste Services and Technical Support
Prior to the adoption of the current Domestic Waste and Recycling contract, Council undertook a trial with the community for a fortnightly waste collection. The results were considered by Council at its meeting of 16 February 2016 and resolved the following:
“RESOLVED - 16/049 Cr J Davis/Cr R Kidd
1 That Council adopt a weekly waste collection service frequency for municipal solid waste (red lid waste bin) collection for up to five years of the new NetWaste Waste Services Contract.
2 That Council increase expenditure by $30,000 per annum to implement a comprehensive and ongoing education program to increase waste diversion rates to 70% by 2021, with progress towards this target to be the subject of an annual report to Council.
3 That, subject to Council not being able to achieve the State Government’s required 70% waste diversion target by 2021, or being directed by the State Government to achieve this, Council retain an option to re-negotiate the NetWaste Waste Services Contract within five years to include fortnightly waste collection service frequency to assist in achieving the required 70% waste diversion target. In this circumstance, the matter be brought back to Council.
4 That authority be given to the General Manager to conclude contractual requirements for the NetWaste Waste Services Contract.
5 That approval be granted for the Council Seal to be affixed to relevant documents.”
Link To Delivery/OPerational Plan
The recommendation in this report relates to the Delivery/Operational Plan strategy “8.3 Preserve - Promote the range of recycling services”.
The implementation of all activities within the Strategy are funded as follows:
Council commitment to waste diversion
Commitment within Orange Food and Garden Organics Contract
Commitment within NetWaste Joint Recycling Contract
Total Annual Funds
Policy and Governance Implications
That the information provided in the report on Annual Waste Diversion and Education Strategy Implementation – 2018/2019 be acknowledged.
Consideration has been given to the recommendation’s impact on Council’s service delivery; image and reputation; political; environmental; health and safety; employees; stakeholders and project management; and no further implications or risks have been identified.
In July 2016, Orange City Council developed a five year Waste Diversion Education Strategy 2016-2021 entitled “Engaging the Community in Waste Minimisation and Resource Recovery”. The Strategy acts as a guide to achieving a reduction in waste to landfill and diversion of recyclable materials within the Orange community.
This report provides a brief overview of actions undertaken within the 2018/19 year to assess data and implement behaviour change initiatives as Orange City Council works towards the achievement of Key Result Areas and Targets outlined in the NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-21 (NSW WARR). Key result areas follow:
Key Result Area 1 Avoid and reduce waste generation
Key Result Area 2 Increase recycling
Key Result Area 3 Divert more waste from landfill
Key Result Area 4 Manage problem waste better
Key Result Area 5 Reduce litter
Key Result Area 6 Reduce illegal dumping.
Targets within the NSW WARR:
Key Result Area 1 - By 2021, reduce the rate of waste generation per capita
Key Result Area 2 – By 2021-22 increase recycling rates for:
· Municipal solid waste (MSW) to 70%
· Commercial and industrial waste (C & I) to 70%
· Construction and demolition waste (C & D) to 80%.
Key Result Area 3 – By 2021, increase the waste diverted from landfill to 75%.
2018/19 Waste Diversion Plan Initiatives and Data Results
The attached two reports have been prepared by Council’s engaged Consultant EnviroCom for information and summarises Waste Education initiatives and Waste Stream Management activities undertaken in the 2018/19 year with resulting waste diversion statistics.
It is important to note the impact of receiving the clean fill material from the demolition of the Orange Base Hospital project and how this has impacted the waste generation rate and subsequent percentages of waste diverted from landfill.
Council will continue to work with its consultant and the community on initiatives to improve on reducing the overall waste volumes sent to landfill for the remaining two years of the five year strategy.
1 Waste Diversion Education Strategy - 2018-2019 Summary, IC19/21628⇩
2 Waste Diversion Summary - October 2019, IC19/24248⇩