REPORTS and STRATEGY
North East Waste is guided by a Memorandum of Agreement between member Councils, regional strategies and plans formulated by NE Waste, as well as State and National policy.
Each year North East Waste produces quarterly progress reports (internal) and an annual report for our stakeholders. Individual projects may also have separate reporting requirements for finalization, partners or funding bodies.
Each financial year NE Waste produces an annual report for stakeholders and the public. This report summarizes the outcomes of our projects and programs, the diversion and resource recovery in our region, our partnerships and our financial and governance position.
Annual Report 2012/2013 PDF
Annual Report 2013/2014 PDF
Annual Report 2014/2015 PDF
Annual Report 2015/2016 PDF
Annual Report 2011/2012 PDF
PROJECTS and REPORTS
Every year NE Waste projects are planned and implemented by a number of consultants contracted to NE Waste for fixed term. The types of projects undertaken depends on the specific areas of waste management that member Councils wish to target, the approval of the EPA and current trends in waste minimization and recovery.
This year’s projects (2012-13) and programs are:
1. Coordination and Project Management
2. Communication and Administration
3. Development of the Strategic Plan
4. Business Waste Reduction Project
6. Litter and Illegal Dumping Project
7. Contamination Management Project
8. Specific Waste Project
9. Hazardous Waste Project
10. Education Project Management
11. Waste Education
12. Love Food Hate Waste Project
13. Regional Waste Audit
There two primary documents that guide North East Waste;
• The Regional Waste Strategy, a strategic plan, developed by the 7 Councils in 2011, to be used as a working document and set a 5 tiered strategic direction and
• The Regional waste Plan 2012-15, which outlines the projects that will be implemented each year for the next 3 years and is endorsed and supported by the NSW EPA
In June 2011 the Regional Waste Managers Group (RWMG) was formed to facilitate the development of resource sharing opportunities between all NOROC Councils, including the non-NE Waste member Councils of Lismore and Kyogle.
In 2011-12 this collaboration flourished and a Regional Waste Management Strategy was developed. The Group reviewed the recommendations and short term goals of the Hyder Report (a review of resource sharing opportunities in the region) and State and National Policies and identified five key strategic directions to be addressed by the Strategy;
• Managing Residual Waste
• Increasing Resource Recovery
• Improving Kerbside Collection
• Community Engagement and Education and
• Reducing Emissions.
It was determined that the Strategy be a working document that would be progressively developed and incorporate a clear statement of objectives on the key issues highlighted by the Report. Managing Residual Waste and Reducing Emissions were the primary focus of 2011-12, with independent studies undertaken in both areas. The analysis and reporting for both are currently in their final stages.
The North East Waste (NE Waste) Regional Waste Plan 2012-15 sets the strategic direction for the NE Waste projects and programs over the next 3 years. The plan lays out a range of actions on which member Councils have agreed to work cooperatively to ensure the region achieves the best possible outcomes to better manage waste, recover resources and provide education, research and policy development. The Plan was developed in consultation with the waste managers from its member Councils; Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Richmond Valley and Tweed Shires. Each member Council contributes financially to the implementation of the Plans milestones and this combined contribution matches State Government funding for NE Waste programs. At the time of writing, Lismore and Kyogle Councils were indicating their intention to re-join the group and were included in recent consultations regarding the Plan’s programs. (Lismore and Kyogle joined in July 2012)
Specific objectives and actions within the Plan will be implemented through initiatives, projects and programs to assist member Councils to meet regional as well as broader state and national waste management objectives. The milestone projects proposed in this plan have been designed to be ongoing and to align with this broader planning framework. The specific and key deliverables within each milestone project may change each year, to ensure targets are met and projects can adapt to legislative or strategic change.
Several key drivers and trends have been identified that support regional cooperation and the need for a regional waste plan.
Political and economic drivers include:
• The inclusion of the region under the NSW Government‘s Section 88 landfill levy
• The need to fulfil diversion targets and goals set under Government plans and strategies
• The recognition at a number of political levels and jurisdictions that there is a need and opportunity for regional cooperation
• The imperative of resource sharing due to diminishing landfill space
• Significant population growth within the region impacting on existing waste systems and infrastructure
• The possibility of reducing costs and increasing economies of scale through cooperation and joint ventures
• Building regional capacity through knowledge exchange
Environmental drivers include:
• Improving resource efficiency through collaborative efforts
• Improving the environmental performance of infrastructure
• Achieving a more sustainable region
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This program is supported by the NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.